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Mother of boy in methadone death sentenced

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  1. Spucky
    Mother of boy in methadone death sentenced

    ROANOKE, Va., July 3 (UPI) -- A Virginia mother whose 3-year-old son died from drinking methadone she illegally bought for herself was convicted of second-degree murder, authorities said.

    Lisa Michelle Hylton, 39, was also convicted of child neglect, and a jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison on each charge Friday, The Roanoke Times reported.

    Hylton told the jury she bought 2 ounces of methadone for $66 to get off of strong painkillers, the newspaper said.

    Thinking she had been shorted, she testified, she used a measuring cup from a bottle of cold remedy she had been giving her son Trevor to measure the methadone.

    She left the cup on a kitchen counter where Trevor found and drank it, the jury heard.

    Hylton stuck her fingers down her son's throat to get him to throw up, she said, and thought he had thrown up most of the drug and would sleep off the rest of it.

    Fourteen hours later she called 911 when the child stopped breathing, and paramedics could not save him, the Times reported.

    Hylton's father testified his daughter was punishing herself more than any prison sentence could.

    "What bothers her," James Hylton testified, "is having to remember for the rest of her life. That boy's gone. That boy's dead.

    source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010...methadone-death-sentenced/UPI-69731278186886/

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  1. kailey_elise
    Oh, that's so fucking tragic & sad.

    ~Kailey, who's heart is breaking...
  2. Spucky
    AW: Re: Mother of boy in methadone death sentenced

    Yip, it is and this sentence will not help anyone :(

    Imo. it is important that all Methadone-User learn that this stuff is lethal
    like a weapon.
    And a Weapon not belong into the Refrigerator.

    It must be stored in a kind of a tiny Safe!

    25% of all lethal Methadone OD's are because of this kind of Accidents,
    in Germany we have every year 3-5 such cases, where Kids died because of Methadone and i am thinking that in the UK. they have the similar amount,
    together with the US we get a Classroom full of destroyed Dreams,

    this must be changed!

    I am in a way a Hard-Liner and think that Parents with very young Children
    cant get a Take-Home or must be changed on to Metha-Addict (Pills with Methadone)

    What are your Ideas, how we can prevent this kind of Accidents?
  3. imyourlittlebare
    Ridiculous. Drug trafickers and pushers cant be criminally liable for the deaths of their customers. Or at least thats what my law and order told me. But this woman can because of an accident? What if she was breastfeeding and she just decided that, in her own personal beliefs, that opiates or alcohol in her breast milk wouldnt hurt the child (lets say shes nuttier than those people who cant receive blood transfusions). The kid becomes hooked or worse yet, dies. She wouldnt be liable. They cant even get in trouble for being born with addicted babies. Yet, an accident happens, and instead of bleach the kid drank the methadone.

    This mother sucks, im glad shes being punished, but lets get a more just way of doing it. Lets cure addiction. Lets get safer with babies. Or if we do prosecute, do so indisciminantly. Get drug dealer, arrest manufacturers of narcotics on the charge of murder. It sounds ridiculous probably but back in the day, it was unheard of for those who killed someone while drunk driving to get serious time or offense. SWIMs friend dad got a year back in 73 after getting SMASHED, smoking some pot, and killed two people.

    Sorry, this got my blood going so sorry if I ranted.
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