Michelle Edwards, 32, has been sentenced by a Pennsylvania judge to 4 and 1/2 years of prison after she allowed her 13-year-old daughter to get alcohol poisoning after the child drank 17 shots of vodka to celebrate her birthday.
Edwards had taken her 13-year-old daughter and a friend to pick out liquor to celebrate the child’s birthday. She watched as her daughter took 17 shots. As the girl got alcohol poisoning and started throwing up, Edwards took off.
The friend of the 13-year-old called an ambulance, and when paramedics arrived, neither parent was home. Both mother and father admitted to the judge that they did not seek medical help for their daughter, out of fear of getting in trouble.
Police were called to the home around 10:30 p.m. that night for a report of an unconscious 13-year-old girl, reports KDKA. When police and paramedics arrived, the parents were not home.
The girl was rushed by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital before being flown by helicopter to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Doctors say the teen’s blood-alcohol level was .32 percent, four times the legal limit to drive.
When Edwards pleaded guilty, she told the judge she did not expect her daughter to drink so much of the vodka, adding that she thought she would have “maybe a little bit.” Younger told the judge he fled the home when he heard sirens because he was afraid.
Both parents admitted to the judge they did not seek medical help for their daughter.
According to Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Marks, the state’s child protective services, Pennsylvania Children & Youth Administrators, had been called to investigate the family more than 10 times. She added that Edwards was free on bail following her arrest, but was later sent back to jail because she was using heroin.
“She’s not a parent,” Marks said. “That’s the reality here.”
Anthony told the mother he hopes she is able to overcome her heroin addiction, telling her, “Your kids need you.”
In addition to completing jail time, Edwards will face probation and have to attend a rehabilitation program.