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Kanawha County Woman Found Guilty Of Child Neglect

Reported: Dec. 31, 2013 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 9:10 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- A Kanawha County woman was found guilty Tuesday of child neglect.

Susan Adkins of Charleston was accused of shooting up heroin and nearly dying from a drug overdose in her vehicle while her 2-year-old was strapped in a car seat.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) -- Jurors are deliberating whether or not a Charleston woman found near death from a heroin overdose in her car with her 2-year-old boy is guilty of felony child neglect.

Susan Adkins was found passed out in the vehicle after she injected the drug in a West Side alley last July. The boy was strapped in a car seat.

Defense lawyers argued the risk alleged by the state was speculative and that the car seat restraint actually protected the 2-year-old. The prosecutor saw it differently.

Adkins faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Welfare workers had taken the child away from her after the incident, but she has since regained custody of the boy.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) A trial of a Kanawha County woman accused of neglecting her child while she was shooting up drugs is now in the hands of a jury.

Jurors in the Kanawha County Circuit Court trial of Susan Adkins started their deliberations Tuesday morning.

Police said Susan Adkins passed out after doing heroin while parked in a West Side alley, while her 2-year-old son was in his car seat in the back.

Adkins’ attorneys argued Monday that the child was never in danger, and the charge of child neglect doesn't fit the crime. Prosecutors, however, argue the neighborhood was dangerous and the child could have been injured.



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