A 30-year-old man was arrested and his child was taken into protective custody after police found six marijuana plants in a shed in the back of his home Tuesday.
Spokane Valley police found Christopher Anthony Tonnessen's 2-year-old son sitting in the dirt among broken toys, wires, dog feces, sharp tools and string fencing after a neighbor called Crime Check about 7:15 p.m. to a report a child wearing only a diaper who appeared to be locked out of the home in the 11000 block of East Valleyway Avenue, according to a news release.
Police looked though a window and Tonnessen sitting at a computer with a”very large” marijuana bong next to him. Officer Darin Powers stood at the window with the child for nearly a minute before Tonnessen responded to his knocking on the window. Powers said the home smelled of marijuana “and the stench of decaying food, unwashed clothing and other filth,” according to the release.
“The kitchen was so full of dirty dishes containing uneaten and rotting food, mold and insects it appeared to the officer that no one could cook there,” the release said.
Tonnessen had a medical marijuana card that expired 18 months ago, police said. He also had a large bowl of marijuana and several other bongs in the home, as well as a jar of marijuana within reach of the child, police said.
Tonnessen allowed police to search the home and showed them the plants in the back shed. Police also found three plants outside the shed in the yard.
Child Protective Services transported the boy to a relative, and a dog was turned over to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services.
Tonnessen was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance.