Aunt Pleads Guilty For Toddler's Cocaine Hit

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky woman has pleaded guilty to four counts of wanton endangerment after her 18-month-old nephew tested positive for cocaine last fall.

Jessica Coffman of Danville faces a recommended sentence of three years in prison if she fails to complete a five-year diversion program.

The 25-year-old Coffman and her sister, 21-year-old Ashley Carrier, had four children in the house when police arrived after the boy started acting strangely. He later tested positive for cocaine at Ephraim McDowell Medical Center.

No cocaine was found in the house, though the children did have access to prescription drugs.

Prosecutors say Carrier is still negotiating the terms of a plea agreement and could enter a plea next month.

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Information from: The Advocate-Messenger, http://www.amnews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-11-08 1145EDT


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  • by Anonymous Location: may11@10:O8 on May 13, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    I NEVER SAID THAT ALL 21@24were bad mothers i was at one time and i knew right from wrong to, i am a social worker ,chidern of 2 and 30years old i deal with ignorance every day but it always comes home social services should have stepped in then thers people like you that critisize the ones WHO; do care about others JUDY thanks for the response
  • by Anonymous Location: WILLIAMSBURG, KY on May 12, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    I THINK IT IS SAD WHEN A CHILD HAS TO SUFFER FROM THE NEGLEGNCE OF A MOTHER AND AUNT. I HOPE THEY GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.
  • by JUDY Location: KENTUCKY on May 12, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    to anonymous on may 11th@10:08. yes some 21&24 year olds dont no whats right from wrong, an r very dumb for being that way.but not all, its not the age its the brain.there r some 30-40 year olds do the same. just to make my point.i am 21. i have 3 kids, i have been married for almost 5 years,an i can say truthfully that i have never did druges or drink, an my kids r never around trashy people that do that stuff.MY KIDS ALWAYS COME BEFORE ANYONE OR ANYTHING ELSE!!so i am a very good 21 year old MOTHER!!!
  • by Wanda Location: Georgia on May 11, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    So so sorry to hear about Dottie Rambo getting killed. Always loved to hear her sing. She will surely be missed my millions of adoring fans. God bless her family, in this time of trouble.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    how can anybody think that a smack on the wrist will justify the cause what if the child has side-effets later on then we blame social services right because 21&24YEAR OLDS DONT KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG THEY JUST CAN VOTE DRINK AND GIVE DRUGS TO BABIES.
  • by None Location: Lexington, Ky on May 11, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    I would like to commend the social workers who did a great job on this case even though the news mostly bashes these hard working individuals for less than factual information.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    My sister died from drug use.The peolpe doing drugs around there kids needs worse punishment than a smack on the wrist.

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