Mother enters plea in child neglect case

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — A mother accused of contributing to the death of her infant son has entered into a plea agreement.

Carla M. Adkins, 32, Ashton, has entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and guilty to the misdemeanor offense of involuntary manslaughter. The plea was entered in Mason County Circuit Court on July 13 with Adkins appearing before Judge David W. Nibert.

Adkins is to reappear before Judge Nibert for a hearing at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 11.

According to the order filed in circuit court, on the felony count of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, Adkins could be sentenced to a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $3,000, or imprisoned for not less than one nor more than 10 years, or both. For the misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter, she could face jail time not to exceed one year or be fined not to exceed $1,000, or both.

Adkins, along with Jimmy R. Edwards, 26, Ashton, were arrested following the death of the couple’s son, Carson Edwards, who died in March 2013 at 20 months old.

According to the official criminal complaints filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Edwards and Adkins are accused of neglecting Carson. It is alleged that Carson died from profound anemia due to cows milk ingestion and lack of medical care, according to the complaint.

As previously reported, West Virginia State Police say Edwards and Adkins obtained welfare WIC benefits and purchased baby formula with those benefits. Edwards is also accused of taking the formula back to the store and allegedly returning it for cash. The cash was then used for the purchase of drugs, primarily methamphetamine, according to the complaint. This behavior reportedly began when the infant was only a few months old. In the criminal complaint, Adkins states Edwards would not allow her to take the child to doctor visits because Edwards felt the child belonged to Adkins’ ex-husband. State police note in the complaint that the 4-year-old daughter whom Edwards knew to be his child made every wellness doctor visit as directed by physicians.

Jimmy Edwards is due back in Mason County Circuit Court for a hearing on Aug. 7. The court records did not reflect what the hearing would entail. As previously reported, his trial has been continued on multiple occasions and he has entered a not guilty plea to a grand jury indictment in this case.

As of Friday evening, the pair remained housed at the Western Regional Jail. Representing the state in this case were Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson with Attorney Jason Holdren representing Adkins.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at 304-675-1333, ext. 1992 or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at 304-675-1333, ext. 1992 or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.