Carla Adkins and Jimmie Edwards allegedly exchanged baby's formula for cash at the expense of their son's health.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — State Police investigators say shifting priorities of two drug addicted adults claimed the life of their 20-month-old son.

Investigators released more information Tuesday about the investigation in Mason County that resulted in the arrests this week of Carla Adkins, 26, of Ashton and Jimmie Edwards, 24, of Milton. They are charged with felony child neglect resulting in death.

State Police Sgt. Larry O’Bryan said Adkins and Edwards would take WIC money and purchase infant’s formula only to return the product for cash and use the money to buy meth. O’Bryan said the boy was only fed whole milk, which he was too young to receive.

“The stomach begins to bleed and then the organs begin to fail and brain development doesn’t happen,” O’Bryan said. “The child died of severe anemia based on malnutrition.”

Carson Adkins died March 2013.

Adkins told troopers she knew her son was sick and needed to see a doctor but put it off. Sgt. O’Bryan said the infant was only seen one time and that’s when he was five months old.

O’Bryan has investigated a lot of meth cases and he’s seen abuse by parents. He said their priorities shift.

“From their children and their own welfare to that of when they are going to get their next hit, instead of thinking about when does the baby need to eat. So they feed the addiction instead of the children. So children are basically the victims all the way around of their parents’ addiction,” O’Bryan said.

Investigators said the information about the death was turned over to the state Medical Examiner’s Office last year but a backlog at the office resulted in the delay of a final report until last month. Troopers continued the investigation and filed the charges Monday.

Both Adkins and Edwards are being held on $500,000 bail each at the Western Regional Jail.

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  • Jeri

    BAIL!?!?! REALLY? They need put in frint of a firing line and shot, til they are dead. And the guns being shot should be pellet guns! Let them have a slow, long, painful death like that poor innocent baby.

  • Renee

    There are non-major chain grocery stores (mom and pop) that will buy back the baby formula for less than what the druggies paid for it. This way, they get back cash and the store can then re-sell it for the normal/inflated price. no one checks to see where the small grocery stores get their supply from.

  • ViennaGuy

    He is correct. There are some groups who want all illicit narcotics legalized.

  • Beverly

    Your joking right?

  • Jonus Grumby

    Just keep it off the highways, sport. The first time some stoner or drunk injures me or a member of my family on the highway, the outcome for them will not be pleasant.

  • Jason412


    I believe when he said it "would get the right wingers fired up", he was referring to the line from the story, not his comment.

    The store they were making this formula for cash trade should be looked into as well. It doesn't sound much different than the stores in PA that illegally trade cash for food stamps.

  • Jason412

    How many people drink alcohol before they smoke pot or do any other drugs? Most.

  • Mr. T

    Mason, the towns of Mason, New Haven, and Point Pleasant are littered with just as much white trash as southern Mason county. Get your head out of the sand.

  • Pudge

    "...its happening state by state so either you get on board or get left behind."

    You could say the same for meth. Let's just all throw in the towel.

  • Bo

    Won't have to. Maryland is medical and the people of DC are to vote for legalization this November. Backwards WV still views it as the devil

  • Bo

    Typical prohibitionist talk. Oh well, its happening state by state so either you get on board or get left behind.

  • Mason

    The city listed for this should really say Milton, since they are from southern Mason Co. People there are more like those from Cabell and Wayne counties than the rest of Mason. And they do the majority of their business in those areas, not in Mason Co.

  • JustaFan

    Something in this story does not make sense. My kids were all on whole well before they were 20 months old. Kids are eating solid foods by that age. And I don't think most stores let you return formula, only exchange it--no matter how you paid for it.

  • wvumounties8

    Your an obvious idiot........what in your coment would fire any body up??? The concern is for the death of this child!! As you are an obvious liberal, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM........you are part of the moral decay. Why don't you just come out and say what you probably believe; "the parents were ok to be using drugs and the drugs should all be legalized. The child would have never been born, had the mother had better access to abortion clinics and medicaid available to pay for that abortion. The parents are not at fault, but G. Bush is."

  • wvumounties8

    I was born/raised and live in the Kanawha Valley and have seen its down-trend for the past 20 years. But, this occurs in every County in the State of WV. A lot of these drugs come to WV via the gangs from Detroit, Philly and Pittsburgh. Since the 60's, this Counties moral compass has been skewed to the point that every generation since has sank deeper and deeper into the abyss of moral decay.

  • wvumounties8

    Another obvious "pothead" that wants to legalized it. It should be used for medical purposes ONLY, but the potheads will start faking injuries and other health problems to get their illegal high legally. And yes pot is a gateway drug you fool.

  • Sammie

    You cannot return any type of baby formula to any store in WV. Our pediatrician switched formulas for my children when they were infants. I tried to return the ones I had and they told me no, that is the one thing they never ever take returns on. Hence I had two fully unused, unopened cans of formula my infants couldn't use. Something in this story isn't right. Other than the fact they didn't give a rat's rear end about their child. When I read things like this, it makes me wonder why they didn't try to give the child to someone else to actually care for and take care of.

  • critical thinker

    You cant return formula, let alone formula bought from WIC. That added tid bit is just to get the right wingers fired up.

  • William

    Wow. My thoughts exactly. It's all over every county of WV. How do we ever recover form this downward spiral?


    My thoughts as well Tommie this kind of low life trash needs hung from a tree.in hopes that it would send a message to other drugies that this will be your fate as well. anyone stupid enough to touch or take drug has given up their right to live because the drugs will kill them just at a slower rate!!!

  • Jonus Grumby

    'Why a trial at all.'

    Because that's the way our legal system works. You might have read about it in the constitution at some point. If you wish to do away with that, perhaps some third world country elsewhere on the planet would be more to your liking.

    That being said, if these two are found guilty of the crime in which they are accused, give them the max.

  • Jonus Grumby

    Nope. There has been discussion among stoners about wishing to legalize ALL narcotics.

  • Wowbagger

    Move to Colorado or Washington, you can get all the pot you want!

  • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

    You are right Dumb Liberals. Let's remove all regulatory control and sure enough, the private sector is never going to let this happen.

  • Pudge

    Pot and meth both share..... stupidity.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    I thought WV was special . But it isn't . I thought it was a place devoid of all the disgusting things I would hear about in Phil or Det or Pittsburgh . Now we are just as bad . We used to be hard working and God fearing . We used to have a special bond with our families . Aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces and grandparents would all share in the care and nurturing and love of our children . Little league and Pop Warner football and family reunions used to matter in WV, but not anymore . We may not have gone to church regularly but we definitely knew right from wrong . I'm not so sure anymore . We used to have manners learned from our parents and grandparents . Now we have a level of arrogance similar to city life . - was born here and raised here and so its sad for me to see WV become just another state . I recently visited Charleston and was saddened to see what it had become . The people used to be so special . Its was a place to go when you wanted to relax and recharge your battery . The people were so kind with that special Southern charm . When I visited last month it looked like the whole town was "punch drunk " . I left concluding that drugs had taken over the whole valley and nobody seemed to care.

  • Pudge

    Eh, pot... meth... dumbasses galore.

  • In da stickes

    That's only pot dumbass.

  • Jonus Grumby

    And some say legalize and tax it. Sure.

  • Dumb Conservatives

    These are scum. Has nothing to do with politics. There are drug addicts all over the world. In all political systems. In all support systems.

  • Tommie

    Wow......I knew her......can't believe what she has become. .....Definitely do us a favor and save money. ..No trial just hang them both from the tree in front of the courthouse and leave them there till the birds pick off their face and eyes......

  • susanf1218

    This absolutely sickens me. These worthless scum abuse the system that is designed to help care for the youngest and most innocent in order to feed their drug addiction?? Too bad they didn't overdose. Maybe if they had that poor baby could have been saved. But they would only have gotten WIC benefits for formula until he was a year old, at least under normal circumstances. And the stores should not have allowed an exchange or a refund of the formula purchased w/WIC. Not that I am blaming the store - these people are the only ones to blame for this child's death.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Spoken like a true pot head there Joe. Now take a deep inhale and fry a few more brain cells. I guess my DEA certs mean nothing. Have another dorito Joe. The door will open for you and maybe, you'll OD. We won't miss you.

  • Richard

    Joe, it does open the door for some but not all. You're the uneducated idiot. Do some research. The pot high isn't enough for some so they move on to another venue of stimulant. Again, not all increase their scope of stimulants, but many take that next step. I'm sure you didn't finish high school or you are one of those people and users who say "duh, I don't know what the big deal is about pot, I'm just the same as I was five years ago". Yeah, going absolutely nowhere in life. Many of us support the legalization of small amounts marijuana (recreational user amounts). But it is just as dangerous to some as alcohol is these days. Otherwise we wouldn't have drunk drivers and alcoholics.

  • Mark

    Ok, I am a big proponent of rehabilitation for addicts. However, these two deserve the death penalty just like dealers. Please, please put them away for a long time and also consider sterilizing them so no other children have the risk of the same thing. Geez, I can't believe this happened.

  • Heart shot

    Joe, it's a fact that pot is a gateway drug always looking for a higher high.
    And the people that doubt it are more than likley dope smokers themselves that are satisfied with the high they are getting from weed.
    I've seen it first hand weed to coke to crack to heroine so go take another toke and crank up the Pink Floyd and don't think about the fact that this is just one story of drug abuse that cost a child his life in this country.

  • johnny

    They admitted doing the crime which resulted in the death of a child. Why a trial at all. At the very least it was pre medatated murder.

  • Joe

    You are an uneducated idiot.Pot does not "open the door" to meth........stupidity does. Open mouth and insert garbage you've seen or heard on TV.

  • Robert

    How is it possible to buy something thru WIC but then return it for cash? Seems to be set up for abuse.

    Buy via WIC, refund via WIC.

  • CPA

    Absolutely...................They don't deserve to breath air ever again. Need to bring back public execution for trash like this.

  • Dumb Liberals

    It only the liberal politicians and political appointees who can't see the ways the scum scam the system. 99% of the time a blind man could see these.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Save us all the expense - JUST SHOOT THIS TRASH! Castrate him and sterilize her. These animals need never have the possibility to breed again. Care to wager if they started out using pot? Opens the door and take the next step.

  • Rob

    Now the working people of WV get to feed these sorry pieces of drug addicted $h!+ for at least the next 20 years.

  • lorie

    If you purchased something through WIC and need to return it, it should only be creditied back to WIC....the system is failing..still helping the druggies!!