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Woman placed on probation for taking girl’s urine for use in a drug test

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 11:39 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.

A Wellington woman was placed on probation Wednesday on charges that she forced an 11-year-old Haysville girl to urinate into a cup so she could use the urine to pass a court-ordered drug test.

Crystal Hopper, pleaded guilty in May to interference with parental custody and aggravated endangering a child. She was originally charged with kidnapping and robbery.

Prosecutors said that on April 10, 2012, Hopper approached the girl as she was walking home from school, escorted her into a gas station bathroom in Haysville and had her urinate into a cup. Prosecutors said Hopper used the urine to pass a drug test ordered by Haysville Municipal Court.

District Judge Joseph Bribiesca began questioning Hopper during the hearing after she appeared to be downplaying the harm she may have caused the child.

"You think it’s OK to pull a child from the street and ask her to go urinate in a cup?" Bribiesca asked at one point. "Do you think that’s behavior that’s appropriate?"

"No sir," Hopper replied.

"Were you high at the time?" Bribiesca asked.

"No sir," she said.

She told Bribiesca that heroin was her drug of choice and that she was in drug treatment.

Among those attending the hearing were the girl and her mother. The girl told Bribiesca that she didn’t want to put Hopper in jail but was happy if it caused her to get drug treatment. The girl’s mother said her daughter had trouble sleeping after the incident and was afraid to go out on the playground at school.

"It was obviously a very big deal for her," she said. "It’s affected us both in lot of ways."

A pre-sentence report said Hopper had 17 prior convictions for minor crimes involving drugs, alcohol and driving. Despite her record, state sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of probation in the new charges. Her lawyer said Hopper will be in custody on a Sumner County case until early 2014.

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