CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston woman faces 1 to 5 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday for overdosing on drugs while her young son was in the back seat of her car.  

A 12-member panel deliberated two hours before finding Susan Nicole Adkins, 39, guilty of child neglect creating a substantial risk of injury or death.

Adkins was arrested after shooting herself up with heroine last summer. She had done so in her car with her 2-year-old son in his car seat. She passed out after the injection. The boy was not injured.

Prosecutors argued Adkins placed her son in a risky situation in a hot car in July on Charleston’s West Side. Defense attorneys said while Adkins’ conduct needed to be addressed she parked her car in such a way that it would be found if something happened to her.

Adkins, who remains free on bond, will be sentenced Feb. 7.

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  • Dusty R. Evans

    This is typical of the swine that run the state's prosecuting offices. The poor woman has a serious drug addiction and she put her baby in a dangerous situation. But all the pigs want to do is hand out prison time, which is paid for by hard working tax payers. Her punishment is a living a life with a monkey on her back. Once more we see why this state is on the bottom when compared to the other 49.

  • Polly the Pundit

    A heroine on heroin...interesting...

    "Defense attorneys said while Adkins’ conduct needed to be addressed she parked her car in such a way that it would be found if something happened to her." - REALLY?-?-? This was her defense strategy? And the jury didn't buy it?-?-? This "heroine" took the time to strategically park her car so in case her use of an illegal drug went bad, someone could find her - and her child - and her attorney(s) think this makes it not a criminal act?-?-? I am shocked...flabbergasted...

    I hope the Judge sees the error that the jurors obviously made and gives this "heroine" her just rewards for taking the time to plan for her child in the event of her overdosing. Heck, the Judge should send in the papers for "Mother-of-the-Year"!!! I would also suggest drug testing the defense team for the gross waste of time this matter placed on the already overburdened court system.

  • Joe

    Hoppy and Jeff...we have the utmost respect for you and your teams at Metronews, but for whatever reason copywriting and editing appear to have dropped noticeably in quality. Even the best teams need a kick in the arse from time to time.

    There are at least 3 or 4 articles a week now with multiple glaring edit and copy errors in them, and you generally hear of them through the comments from readers.

  • Joe

    Why was this heroine arrested?!

  • Jason412

    Definition of heroine as provided by typing it in google:

    a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
    "she was the heroine of a materialist generation"
    synonyms: brave woman, hero, woman of courage, woman of the hour; victor, winner, conqueror
    "she's a heroine—she saved my baby"
    star, superstar, megastar, idol, celebrity, luminary;
    ideal, paragon, shining example;
    favorite, darling, queen;
    "the literary heroine of Moscow"

    I wouldn't point it out if I thought it was just a typo.