Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Lisa Michelle Hylton: Virginia: 20 yrs. in boy's methadone death

12/28/2010 :  Roanoke Times
A Pulaski woman has begun serving a 20-year prison sentence after her 3-year-old son died from drinking a cup of methadone that she left unattended.
Thirty-nine-year-old Lisa Michelle Hylton was sentenced Dec. 20 to 10 years each for second-degree murder and felony child neglect.
Her attorney, Wade McNichols, told the Roanoke Times Monday that she hasn't decided whether to appeal.

Hylton testified she illegally bought the methadone on the street to try to curtail symptoms as she withdrew from a prescription painkiller addiction.
After the child drank the methadone in September of 2009, Hylton waited more than 15 hours before taking him to a hospital because a judge had ordered her not to have drugs in her home.
Testimony showed he had ingested enough methadone to kill an adult

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