Parents sentenced in neglect case


Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — Parents accused of contributing to the death of their infant son have been sentenced in Mason County Circuit Court.

Carla M. Adkins, 32, and Jimmy R. Edwards, 26, both of Ashton, recently appeared before Judge David W. Nibert for sentencing in their separate cases. Edwards was represented by Attorney Tanya Handley and Adkins by Attorney Jason Holdren, with Mason County Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson representing the state.

Adkins and Edwards were arrested last year following the death of the couple’s son, Carson Edwards, who died in March 2013 at 20 months old.

Adkins was sentenced to one year in the Western Regional Jail on her conviction for the misdemeanor offense of involuntary manslaughter, and the court credited her with time previously served. The court found Adkins had discharged her sentence for involuntary manslaughter. The court then ordered her sentenced to a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than 10 years on her conviction of the felony offense of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury. These sentences are to be served consecutive to each other. Adkins was granted credit for time already served with the order stating: “To the extent the defendant has discharged her sentence for involuntary manslaughter, defendant is granted credit for time served on her conviction to child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury beginning on the date of the discharge of her sentence for involuntary manslaughter.” Judge Nibert denied Adkins’ motion for community corrections.

Edwards was sentenced to one year in the Western Regional Jail on his conviction for the misdemeanor offense of involuntary manslaughter, and the court credited him with time previously served. The court found Edwards had discharged his sentence for involuntary manslaughter. The court then ordered Edwards sentenced to a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than 10 years on his conviction for the felony offense of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury. These sentences are to be served consecutive to each other. Edwards was granted credit for time already served with the order stating: “To the extent the defendant has discharged his sentence for involuntary manslaughter, defendant is granted credit for time served on his conviction to child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury beginning on the date of the discharge of his sentence for involuntary manslaughter.” Judge Nibert denied Edwards’ motion for community corrections.

Both have been incarcerated since July 2014 and though both are now under the care of the division of corrections and no longer being housed at the expense of Mason County, as of Friday evening, they were still incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail, serving their sentences.

According to the official criminal complaints filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Edwards and Adkins were 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.

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter #@BSergentWrites

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