Troopers: Wasilla woman passed out in motel arrested for child endangerment

Zaz Hollander

PALMER -- Alaska State Troopers said they arrested a 26-year-old Wasilla woman for endangering her 2-year-old daughter late Sunday and took the child away after she passed out in a motel room.

Troopers responding to the report just before 11 p.m. said Skeeter Davey "was incapacitated by alcohol intoxication" and was the only adult caring for the girl, according to charging documents filed Monday at the Palmer courthouse.

The two were alone in a room at the Alaska's Select Inn off Bogard Road, the documents say. A trooper entered her motel room after the motel manager called for help Sunday night.

Another guest alerted the manager to sounds of the child crying, and the manager discovered the child crying on the bed and Davey passed out on the floor, according to an affidavit filed with the documents by Sgt. Daniel Cox.

The child was initially turned over to the state Office of Children's Services, troopers said. A spokeswoman said she couldn't say whether the state still had custody of the child on Monday.

A breath test estimated Davey's blood-alcohol level at more than four times the legal limit for driving, according to the affidavit.

Troopers arrested Davey on charges of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a violation, and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault after Cox said she kicked and hit him as he took her to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

Davey, who otherwise has no criminal history, was released Monday by a judge during her first court hearing.

Palmer District Court Judge William Estelle told Davey that her alcohol level was "extremely high" and dangerous to her and to others.

Davey, a soft-spoken women who wears black-rimmed glasses, told the judge during the hearing that she was in the process of separating from her husband.

"I understand these are difficult circumstances but you'll get through them more easily without the alcohol," he said.

A family friend described her as a good parent who had worked at the Red Dog Mine and served in the U. S. Army.

Estelle released Davey on a $1,000 unsecured bond, meaning she has to pay that amount if she fails to meet the conditions of her release, which include no alcohol, meeting with her court-appointed public defender and showing up at all future court dates.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.