Mother of Spokane toddler found dead charged with drug trafficking

SPOKANE, Wash. --- US Marshals took the mother of a 2-year-old killed in Spokane earlier this month into custody on Wednesday.

Lovina Rainey, 28, is currently in US Marshal hold. She was taken into custody Wednesday at 5:21 p.m. Rainey is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth. She is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Originally, Rainey, along with Jason Obermiller, 32, and Cassi Verastegui, 30, were charged with criminal mistreatment in the first degree. Obermiller went on the run for more than a week, before being captured Tuesday afternoon in Kootenai County at a cabin on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Earlier this month, authorities were called to a home on the South Hill for a call of a toddler that wasn't breathing.

When medics arrived at the home, they found 2-year-old Addy Hoyt laying on her back in bed, already dead. The mother told deputies she had left the home to go drinking with a man she only knew by the name "stranger" and said she left the 2-year-old alone with three other children at home with Obermiller and another friend. The mother said she came home at 3:00 a.m. and went straight to bed. She told deputies she did not check on any of the kids when she got home.

The mother said she peeked in on the child at 11:00 a.m. the next morning but thought the child was still sleeping and it was not until a 4-year-old in the home checked on the 2-year-old that anyone knew the child was not breathing. According to the mother, Obermiller left the home before she woke up Monday morning and has not been able to reach him since. 

Investigators said during a search of the home, detectives found several ounces of meth, some heroin and handgun. They then requested a second search warrant.

According to court documents, when detectives interviewed Obermiller, he said he moved in with Rainey at the beginning of August. He said Rainey was selling small amounts of methamphetamine to support her drug addiction.

Detectives said they found 90.8 gross grams of meth and 22.7 grams of heroin in Rainey's bedroom in a bag she said was hers at the time they searched the home. Court documents show she likely got them from a source in the Tri-Cities area.

Obermiller faces several charges in Washington State, including second degree murder. He did not waive extradition to Washington, meaning he plans to fight being sent back to Washington. In Kootenai County, Obermiller is now facing a charges for being a fugitive on the run.

"It's hard to believe that someone you can be so close to can hide something like that, said Robin Applewhite, a family friend of Rainey. "Because that's not the Lovina I know. She's all about her kids." 

Obermiller is being held on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next week. Rainey is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Officials are trying to determine if she can be released into a treatment center in the Coeur d'Alene area or if she should stay in jail. Sources said Rainey had self-enrolled in that treatment program and was still in the program when she was arrested.

(© 2016 KREM)


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