Layton mom reported missing now faces child endangerment charges

Posted at 7:46 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 21:46:18-04

LAYTON, Utah — A woman from Layton who was reported missing and endangered along with her two young children has now been booked into jail and faces charges of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Layton police sought the public’s help Thursday night as they attempted to locate Cassie Johnson and her two young children, and police said they believed the woman was bound for Salt Lake City and that they had reason to believe she and her children were in danger.

The woman was found at a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City within 24 hours after she was reported missing Thursday night, and Friday she was booked into jail on two charges of child endangerment and one count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police have not elaborated on why they believed the children were in danger or given any specific information regarding the reasons for the child endangerment charges.

Police had previously stated the children would be given over to the care of family members.