Mother of 2 kids who OD'd on drugs gets 30 months

WARREN — A judge has sentenced Carlisa Davis, 19, to 30 months in prison for her failure to protect her children, ages 21 months and 9 months, from the opiates they ingested in the Randolph Street home she and the children shared with other relatives.

Her attorney argued that Davis' behavior was "an act of recklessness, not purposeful" and that the care of her children was "otherwise good" except for the incident that caused her to be charged.

A prosecutor called Davis “callous and indifferent” to the potential that the children might die as she avoided telling hospital officials what might be wrong with them after she and one of her children's fathers brought them to the hospital because they had become unresponsive.

The prosecutor said her inaction delayed their treatment by 30 minutes.

Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas, who presided over Davis' trial, said Davis is lucky that the children survived the overdose or she probably would have faced the much more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter. The judge said if that would have happened, she would have gone to prison "for a long, long time."

Davis has been in the Trumbull County jail since being convicted of two counts of felony child endangering Nov. 3.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said Davis admitted to knowing that her brothers sold drugs out of the home. On the day the children overdosed, Davis told police her brother warned her that one of the children had gotten into drugs, and Davis saw one of her children “playing in white powder” when she awoke from a nap, a court filing says.

A hospital case worker did some investigative work and advised an emergency room doctor of what might be wrong with the children. Both children recovered after the doctor gave the children the opiate reversal drug naloxone.

A filing in Trumbull County Family Court says Children Services has asked a judge to transfer legal custody of all three of Davis’ children to Davis’ maternal grandparents.

A hearing is planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Family Court.

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