Authorities say woman who pleaded guilty to drug counts hid meth in son’s toy police car

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Investigators say a woman was selling methamphetamine out of her apartment and she hid the drugs in her toddler's toy. Neighbor Kathy Burgess knew something suspicious was going on two houses down from the day care she runs, but found out it was far worse than she expected.

"You would see people sitting outside. Waiting their turn to go inside," Burgess said.

Investigators say in 2013, 27-year-old Leigh Argersinger was selling meth out of her apartment. When police came to search her home, they found her son's toy police car was filled with the drug.

Burgess takes care of 14 kids at her daycare every day, and says that toy car could've easily gotten into the hands of a toddler.

"That kills me. That really kills me. That baby could've got ahold of that meth. Kids are curious. I'm on this floor daily to make sure they're safe. I can't understand a mother that would that to their child," Burgess said.

Argersinger pleaded guilty to multiple counts of drug possession and intent to distribute meth, hydrocodone, oxycodone and marijuana. She also pleaded guilty to aggravated child endangerment of her three-year-old child.

"That's just not feasible in my head, to do something like that," Burgess said.

Argersinger's boyfriend, who was also living in the apartment, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years in prison.

Although Burgess is happy to see the two gone from the neighborhood and a better future in store for the child, she wishes the young woman would've chosen a better future for herself.

"It's just sad that this young lady felt like she had to deal meth to survive in this world," she said.

Argersinger is due back in court next month, where she will be sentenced on September 10th.