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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Hodges found guilty of child neglect, drug distribution
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Kristie Leigh Hodges

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount woman was found guilty Friday of felony child neglect and distribution of Diazepam for giving her child medicine for which she had a prescription.

Kristie Leigh Hodges, 41, faces up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Hodges was indicted by a grand jury in June on charges of maliciously causing bodily injury to the child; permitting the life of the child to be endangered; showing reckless disregard for human life; distribution of Diazepam (valium); and distribution of Amitriptyline (antidepressant).

All the charges except child neglect and distribution of Diazepam were dismissed during the trial.

The offenses occurred on April 14, 2013.

Hodges was charged as the result of a call to police that alleged that Hodges had given the child drugs for the purpose of harming the child, according to Investigator Ashley Norton with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Police officers were sent to Hodges' residence to investigate, she added.

The child was taken to the hospital, Norton said, where two prescription drugs for which Hodges has a prescription were found in the child's body.

A sentencing hearing for Hodges is set for March 11 at 3 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.

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