The prosecutor also pointed out before jurors deliberated that Adkins could have "died there if EMTs wouldn't have come."
"What if it was 9 o'clock at night and no one stopped?" he asked.
Cook told jurors, though, that Adkins had parked blocking the alley to traffic making her car impossible to miss. "A place where in the event of an overdose Ms. Adkins could be easily discovered," he said.
Young boys alerted Leslie Jackson, who lives nearby where Adkins was parked, after seeing Jackson slumped over and her son crying in the vehicle. Jackson testified during the trial that she saw a needle in the front seat and aluminum foil "with black stuff in it."
Jackson, who has lived near where Adkins was found, also agreed with the prosecutor's theory about the area on the West Side being dangerous.
"The reality is," argued Cook, however, "that child was no more in danger on the West Side of Charleston than he would've been in South Hills."
Paramedics and firefighters who responded to the incident testified during the trial. Also, a Child Protective Services employee that had deemed the child unsafe in his mother's care testified Adkins had gotten her life back on track, according to what was said during closing arguments. The child's father was also called to testify.
"She decided, I'd rather get high than care for my child," Giggenbach said.
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