Auburn mom arrested for leaving 2-year-old with possible drug users

By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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An Auburn mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her child in a marijuana smoke-filled motel room. Katherine Ennis-Sartain, 25, remained jailed Wednesday in Placer County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of under the influence of a controlled substance, willful cruelty to a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Auburn Police Officer Michael Metzner spotted a car with its lights on in a vacant lot located near Palm Avenue and Auburn Ravine Road, according to Sgt. Michael Garlock. When Metzner got closer, no one was inside the vehicle, but he noticed damage that indicated the car had been in a collision. “There were also various electronic devices in the car, which appeared to have been stolen,” Garlock said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. Capt. John Ruffcorn said officers found Ennis-Sartain walking southbound on Auburn Ravine Road soon after they found her car. Ruffcorn said Ennis-Sartain waved police down. As police talked to Ennis-Sartain, they determined she was under the influence of methamphetamine and found she was in possession of the illegal drug as well as syringes. Ruffcorn declined to release how much methamphetamine police found on Ennis-Sartain. She reportedly told police that her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Gregory Woodward, crashed the car after he allegedly stole it from the Motel 6 parking lot located on the 1800 block of Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn, Garlock said. After she was arrested, Ennis-Sartain reportedly told police that her 2-year-old son was in a Motel 6 room. “During the course of our investigation, she informed us that her son was at the Motel 6 with an unknown female,” Ruffcorn said. Police called Child Protective Services. Investigators then found the toddler with two people who were “acquaintances” and were possibly under the influence of illegal narcotics, Ruffcorn said. “When officers picked up the child from the hotel room, the room was filled with marijuana smoke,” Garlock said. Garlock said investigators are still searching for Woodward to discuss the incident. Ennis-Sartain’s son is currently in custody of Child Protective Services, Ruffcorn said. Reach Jenifer Gee at