Mother And Father Of A Toddler Found Guilty Of Overdosing On Drugs That Were Within Her Crib’s Reach

In exchange for a plea deal, the parents of a toddler from Virginia who overdosed fatally on a combination of drugs that were within reach of her cigarette and loose change-filled crib avoided murder charges and will each spend just over ten years in prison.

Mother And Father Of A Toddler Found Guilty Of Overdosing On Drugs That Were Within Her Crib's Reach

Last month, 30-year-old Anna E. Raines and 38-year-old Jesse A. Gunn entered guilty pleas to one count each of willful manslaughter and child abuse with a disregard for life.

Investigators from the York-Poquoson County Sheriff’s Office charged the couple with criminal homicide in October 2022 after first apprehending them on accusations of child abuse and neglect after the death of their 22-month-old daughter in July of last year, according to court documents that Fox News Digital examined.

According to court documents, Raines’ father, Timothy Lee Raines, 59, a family physician, is also charged with criminal child abuse. According to court documents, the elder Raines, who owned the house near Kiln Creek, Virginia, where the couple resided and their child passed away, is scheduled to appear in court on December 5 for a preliminary hearing.

According to WAVY, Raines informed first responders who arrived at 9:54 a.m. on July 7 that she had left the girl with Gunn around eight hours earlier.

According to court records that Law & Crime examined, the infant was declared dead around six minutes later and looked to have been dead for some time.

Police described the scene as being in complete “disarray,” pointing out trash, dirty dishes, piles of clothing, and a litterbox full of excrement. There was a heap of cigarette butts, loose change and blankets drenched in pee in the girl’s cot.

Drugs were discovered in the girl’s diaper bag, and detectives discovered loaded syringes and heroin within the girl’s crib’s reach, according to 13 News Now.

“It was particularly the area where the mother, the father and the baby were staying — in that one room,” Major Ron Montgomery said following the arrests, per Law & Crime. “That was where the living conditions were really bad.”

The death was ruled an accident resulting from an overdose of Xylazine and fentanyl by the office of the Tidewater Chief Medical Examiner. According to a press release issued at the time by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the child’s toxicology testing also mentioned nicotine exposure.

Large animals like horses and cattle are given the sedative medication xylazine, which is lethal to humans. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the veterinary medication is being used more frequently to cut heroin.

In addition to serving five years for child abuse, Raines and Gunn will each spend ten years for their manslaughter convictions. After serving their sentences consecutively, both parents will spend a total of just 11 years behind bars.

Since the child’s death, the two have been waiting to receive their sentences at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where Raines will do her term. According to internet records, Gunn was moved to Pamunkey Regional Jail.

According to Law & Crime, each will additionally serve ten years of post-release supervision.

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