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UPDATE: Mom Sentenced to Weekends in Jail for Child Neglect

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/7/14 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother is headed to jail after passing out in a car on Charleston's west side with her little boy strapped in the backseat.

Susan Adkins was sentenced Friday to one to five years on home confinement.

She will also spend 15 weekends in jail and go to drug rehab classes.

Adkins was arrested over the summer after she drove into an alley, injected herself with heroin and passed out with her young son in the car.

In December, a jury found her guilty of child neglect creating substantial risk of injury or death.



UPDATE 12/31/13 @ 12:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has found a mother guilty in a child neglect case.

The jury in Charleston deliberated for nearly two hours before reaching a verdict in Susan Adkins' trial.

She was found guilty of child neglect creating substantial risk of injury or death.

Adkins was arrested in July after police say she drove to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with heroin and passed out.

They do not know how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat.

The little boy wasn't hurt.

She'll be sentenced on February 7th. She faces 1 to 5 years in prison.

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UPDATE 12/31/13 @ 10:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The jury is deliberating in a child neglect trial in Kanawha County.

The jury received Susan Adkins' case around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

She was arrested in July after police say she drove to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with cocaine and passed out.

They do not know how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat.

Investigators say it was 85 degrees out that day and the child was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning wasn't on.

The little boy wasn't hurt.

We have a crew in the courtroom.

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UPDATE 12/31/13 @ 9:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Closing arguments are underway in a child neglect trial in Kanawha County.

Susan Adkins' trial started Monday.

She was arrested in July after police say she drove to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with cocaine and passed out.

They do not know how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat.

Investigators say it was 85 degrees out that day and the child was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning wasn't on.

The little boy wasn't hurt.

The defense rested Monday without calling any witnesses.

Both the prosecution and defense have 30 minutes for closing arguments, then the case will go to the jury.

We have a crew in the courtroom.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/30/13 @ 1:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The trial has started for a mother, who police say was found passed out on drugs with her little boy strapped in the back seat of her car.

Jury selection in the case against Susan Adkins started Monday. She is charged with child neglect.

She was arrested in July after police say she drove to an alley off McQueen Street in Charleston, where she injected herself with cocaine and passed out.

They do not know how long she was unresponsive before neighbors found her in the car, with her two-year-old son in the backseat.

Investigators say it was 85 degrees out that day and the child was locked in the car, with the windows rolled up, and the air conditioning wasn't on.

The little boy wasn't hurt. He was in a car seat with his seat belt on.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.


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