A Charleston mother has entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors after her two-year-old son was found wandering alone outside her downtown residence while she slept.
Shannon Nichole Cochran, 34, of Dixie Street told police on Sept.7 she had taken methadone when they found her and her boyfriend, Francis Boyle, passed out on a bed. A neighbor had called authorities when the little boy wandered up to her home.
Cochran was jailed but later released on a $25,000 bond. She waived indictment by a grand jury and entered an information plea Thursday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman.
"I fell asleep and my son got out of my apartment," she told the judge.
She was originally charged with felony child neglect but pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors will recommend probation when she is sentenced at a later date.
Assistant Prosecutor Adam Campbell told the judge, "The house was in poor condition and there was really not a place for the child to sleep."
Police said the home was filled with dirty dishes, clothing, rotting food and piles of trash.
Authorities removed the child from the home and Campbell said the child is in the custody of his grandmother.Cochran could be fined $500 and sentenced to up to one year in jail.