Ashland Mother Sentenced After 8-Month-Old Ingests Meth

  • 9/10/2018 2:30:19 PM
  • Joe Lyons
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ASHLAND, OH - An Ashland woman was sentenced in court Monday after being charged with child endangerment earlier in the year.

On June 26th, 2018, detectives from the METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted a welfare check at 3116 Curry Lane, in the West Salem/Cinnamon Lake area. Two residents - Amanda Teter and Kevin Estep - were arrested at the scene after officers found a meth pipe, 14 grams of methamphetamines, and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. 

Teter’s 8-month-old daughter was removed from the home by law enforcement and placed in the custody of Wayne County Children's Services. After an examination by Children's Services, it was later revealed that the infant had a high level of methamphetamines in her system. It was also discovered the 8-month-old was a passenger in the car when Teter and Estep purchased the methamphetamines that were later seized at the residence.

On Monday, Ashland County Municipal Court Judge John L. Good addressed Amanda Teter in her sentencing hearing.

"The central part of this case is we have an 8-month-old child, in your care, who tested positive for meth," Good said as he addressed Teter. "Somehow, that is a misdemeanor in the state of Ohio. That ought to be a first-degree felony, but it's not. To me, it is a horrible, horrible offense."

Teter had also previously been involved in other drug-related charges in the past, which Good then referenced as he continued addressing her.

"Here you are, a person who watched someone die of a drug overdose ten years ago, and you have learned absolutely nothing," Good said. "You allowed an eight-month-old baby to have meth... a large, heavy positive screening for meth. I don't know what else can be said about that. There is no more serious form of this offense, in my opinion. This is as serious a form of child endangering as this court has ever seen."

The judge then handed down his sentence, giving Teter to the maximum penalty of six months in jail with no time suspended.

"I don't find this particularly challenging as a sentence," Good remarked. "There's only one sentence this court could give that's sufficient for you, and that's the maximum sentence."

This case, in its entirety, is being reviewed by the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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