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Grandparents sentenced for the death of their grandchild

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Judge Logue used the phrase "extremely fair", after issuing the maximum sentence for the grandparents that pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of their grandchild.

"And when I say extremely fair, I say people question that. People probably think that you got off very easy for the death of a grandchild," adds Judge Logue, of Clark County.

After learning her fate of 10 years in jail and $155 in court costs, Cheryl Kirkwood-Black shed a few tears.

Moments after, her husband David Black learned he'd be sentenced to 10 years, and will be required to enroll in the Kentucky Substance Abuse Program.

Nine-and-a-half month old, Addysen Mayes died of a drug overdose after consuming methadone in pill-form while in David and Cheryl Black's care.

As for the mother of baby Addysen, Brooks Ecton she received 1 year of supervised probation for wanton endangerment, and will be required to take random drug tests.

"I don't know how you could ever consider using any drugs at all ever again in your life after the result of this incident with your mother and what it's done to her life," says Judge Logue.

Addysen Mayes other grandparents sat in the Clark county circuit courtroom, during today's sentencing. James and Elizabeth Mayes, say that ten years is too little considering they will never get to see their grandchild again.

"A parent trusted the grandparent and a result of that trust,this child is no longer with us," Judge Logue says.

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