CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jurors found a Charleston woman guilty of child neglect Tuesday after overdosing on heroin in front of her 2-year-old child in July.
Susan Nicole Adkins, 39, faces one to five years in prison for child neglect creating a substantial risk of bodily injury or death.
On July 9, Adkins drove her car into an alley near McQueen and Red Oak streets on Charleston's West Side. While her son was strapped in his car seat in the back of the car, Adkins passed out after injecting herself with heroin, according to prosecutors.
The boy "was a prisoner of his mom's drug use, strapped in the car seat," assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday.
Jurors deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdict. Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom will sentence Adkins Feb. 7. She will remain out of jail on bond in a drug rehabilitation facility until her sentencing.
Attorneys for Adkins argued during the trial, which began Monday, that jurors shouldn't consider what could have happened to the boy, because he was found unharmed.
"The 2-year-old was fine," Brandon Cook, an attorney for Adkins told jurors. "We're not asking you to find Ms. Adkins mother of the year, that's certainly not the case ... she engaged in conduct that needed to be addressed."
Giggenbach told the jury of six men and six women that although the boy wasn't physically injured, Adkins placed him in a risky situation in a dangerous neighborhood. Also, he was found crying and his cheeks were flushed when paramedics arrived on the scene, Giggenbach said.