Billings Father Ryan Thomas Read Charged With Two Counts Of Child Endangerment For Having METH Around His Kids

June 10, 2019









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In other words, the prosecution  or Plaintiff's must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime or civil allegations charged or leveled.  Until then the defendant or respondent is considered innocent of the charges or civil allegations

By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings father Ryan Thomas Read was arrested and charged for endangering the welfare of children (2) counts and Criminal Possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Motel 6 employees called the Billings police to the address of 5353 Midland Road for a welfare check on (2) two young children who were playing in a parking lot.  Dispatch advised that the father of the children was Ryan Thomas Read and indicated to responding Officer Lucas Knaff, that Read was passed out in room #218 and was not waking up.

Billings Police officer Chad Wildin assisted Officer Lucas Knaff.  Officer Chad Wildin spoke with the employees at Motel 6 and discovered that the maintenance manager found the children in the parking lot at about 7:30 a.m.

The children told the maintenance manager that they were looking for their father.  The Maintenence manager found their father sitting in a car outside of the hotel.

After the Maintenance manager was able to reunite the children with their father, he requested hotel staff to do a welfare check on room#218 to make sure that the children were ok.  The room had been rented out to another individual and not Ryan Thomas Read.

Billings police Officer Lucas Knaff entered into room #218 and could hear Billings police Officer Chad Wildin trying to wake up Ryan Read.

Read was asked if he knew where his children were and Read stated that he was sleeping and that he did not know where the location of his kids was.

Officer Chad Wildin and Lucas Knaff observed open sores on the face of Ryan Read, including his arms.  Read had blood on his fingernails and fingers.  Officer Knaff, based on his training,  determined that this was a person who was actively using METH.   The clothing that  Read was wearing at the time were very filthy.

Read admitted to Officer Knaff that he used METH the day before.

Both Reads wife and the children used to live in Sydney, Montana and had moved to Billings to get away from the drugs.  Billings police advised that Child Protection Services had been called to respond to secure the safety of the children.

Read has a history of using drugs back in 2018

Officers located a drug kit in a green bag.  The bag contained 12 used syringes, a glass pipe and a plastic bag that had METH in it.

When Billings police transported Read to the Detention Center, and the YCDF had no room, so he was just issued notices to appear.

The CPS DPHHS caseworker that responded, according to a Montana News Investigator was Samantha Ganley.


Billings Police Officer Lucas Knaff badge#***  maintains an (A)  rating and is NOT a threat to public safety and CAN be trusted by the general public.


Billings Police Officer Chad Wildin badge#441 maintains an (A) rating and is NOT a threat to public safety and CAN be trusted by the general public.


According to the Billings Police Ratings.


This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995

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