Barbour County Parents Plead Guilty In Child's Death
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 22, 2014 @ 5:10PM
Created on April 22, 2014 @ 10:54AM
Two Barbour County parents entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in the death of their daughter.
Ida Evans, 32, and David Delauder, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of child neglect resulting in death and one count of conspiracy.
According to investigators, in March 2013, Evans gave their daughter methadone. Delauder found out about it, but didn't make any attempt to get her medical attention.
Both Delauder and Evans apparently took methadone that night as well. The pair got the drugs off the streets in Philippi.
When asked about the incident in court on Tuesday, Delauder said he believed Evans gave their daughter the drug. However, Evans said she didn't know how the little girl ingested the drugs, but then changed her story to say she was under the influence on March 12th, 2013, and didn't know what happened.
Judge Alan Moats told the pair, "You are anything but truthful, and you have shown a complete lack of remorse for the death of this baby."
This was after he pointed out that the 22-month-old girl had traces of methadone in her hair, meaning she had to have taken the drug more than once.
They face 3 to 15 years in prison, and $1,000 to $5,000 in fines for the child neglect charge. They also face 1 to 5 years in prison and $5,000 to $10,000 in fines for the conspiracy charge.
A presentence investigation will be conducted before a sentencing date is set.
Evans was ordered to remain in jail until sentencing, and Delauder was sent back to jail after failing a drug test.
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