UPDATE: No jail time for mother who pleaded guilty to giving daughter heroin

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UPDATE 11/7/16 @ 3:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother who pleaded guilty to giving her then 16-year-old daughter heroin for an upset stomach will not spend any time in prison.

Michelle Kitchen, 36, was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison but that was suspended and she was placed on 3 years of probation.

Kitchen originally pleaded guilty to child abuse creating risk of injury and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor after she told her daughter that snorting heroin would help with her upset stomach.

"I know the act that I did as a mother was the worst possible act I could have done and there's no excuse for it. I am rebuilding a relationship with my kids and I have been clean for 348 days and I will continue to stay clean. I've been given a second chance," Kitchen said.

According to investigators, Kitchen had also done heroin with her daughter.

Judge Ferrell told Kitchen that what she did was equal to sex abuse.

Kitchen must register as a child abuse, child neglect offender for the next 10 years.



UPDATE 9/9/16 @ 10:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother pleaded guilty Friday to giving her then 16-year-old daughter heroin for an upset stomach.

Michelle Kitchen, 36, pleaded guilty to child abuse creating risk of injury and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court.

W.Va. State Police arrested Kitchen and her mother, Cynthia Woods back in December.

Kitchen was originally charged with six counts of child abuse creating risk of injury and six counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Woods is charged with two counts each of child abuse creating risk of injury and distribution of a controlled substance. Her case is pending.

According to investigators, Kitchen told her daughter that "snorting heroin would help" with her upset stomach.

The teen also told investigators the two would use it (heroin) together.

Investigators also said that Woods asked her granddaughter to sell her Percocet and oxycodone pills because, "she needed the extra money for Christmas."

The teen allegedly admitted to WVSP she took some of the pills herself.

Kitchen is scheduled to be sentenced October 28.



UPDATE 3/14/16
LESAGE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother and grandmother have been indicted for allegedly giving a 16-year-old girl heroin when her stomach was upset.

Michelle Kitchen, 32, and her mother, Cynthia Woods, 55, were arrested in December on a number of charges.

At the time, investigators say Kitchen's 16-year-old daughter complained that her stomach hurt and her mother told her, "snorting heroin would help."

The teen told investigators her mother gave her heroin and the two would use it together.

Investigators say the Woods, the girl's grandmother, asked the teen to sell her Percocet and oxycodone pills because, "she needed the extra money for Christmas."

The teen allegedly admitted to WVSP she took some of the pills herself.

Last week, both women were indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury.

Kitchen is charged with six counts of child abuse creating risk of injury and six counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Woods is charged with two counts each of child abuse creating risk of injury and delivery of a controlled substance.

At the time of the arrest, Woods' husband told WSAZ he was shocked by the accusations against his wife, that it's totally out of character for her, and he doesn't believe she would do anything to hurt any child, let alone their own granddaughter.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/21/15
LESAGE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The mother and grandmother of a 16-year-old girl are facing charges after giving the teen drugs, West Virginia State Police say.

Cynthia Ann Woods, 54, and Michelle Ann Kitchen, 32, are charged with five counts of child abuse creating risk of injury and five counts of distribution of a controlled substance within a thousand feet of a school, according to the criminal complaints.

The complaint says the 16-year-old girl told State Police she'd complained about her stomach hurting, and her mother told her "that snorting heroin would help."

The teen told investigators her mother provided her with heroin, and they would use it together.

This all started six months ago, State Police say.

The complaint says the grandmother asked the teen to sell her Percocet and oxycodone pills because "she needed the extra money for Christmas." The teen admitted to State Police she took some of the pills herself.

Woods' husband told WSAZ he was shocked by the accusations against his wife, that it's totally out of character for her, and he doesn't believe she would do anything to hurt any child, let alone their own granddaughter.

He says his wife has been going through cancer treatment, and the medical bills were going to make it impractical to provide for Christmas the way they normally would.

The grandmother and mother are both being held in the Western Regional Jail on a $200,000 bond.

They both declined WSAZ's request for an interview Monday.

The 16-year-old girl was taken to a hospital to go through detox and is now staying with another relative, her grandfather says.

The investigation began in November after the teen was taken to the emergency room after taking drugs, State Police say.



 
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