|Kristie Leigh Hodges gave her daughter Valium, antidepressants|
Kristie Leigh Hodges
Friday, March 14, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount woman who gave her daughter prescription drugs will serve 12 months in jail.
Kristie Leigh Hodges, 42, was convicted in January of felony child abuse and distribution of drugs for giving the 5-year-old girl two medications for which Hodges had a prescription.
Judge W.N. Alexander II sentenced Hodges, also listed as Kristie Leigh Montgomery on the court docket, to seven years in prison, but he suspended six years.
Hodges was also sentenced to three years probation, which will include mandatory drug tests and counseling, and ordered to be of good behavior for eight years.
During a dispute with her husband, Hodges took an overdose of medications on April 14, 2013, and gave some of the drugs to her daughter, including Valium and antidepressants, according to prosecutor Patrick Nix. Hodges was taking several medications for the treatment of a mood disorder.
Hodges' husband alerted authorities 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.
The child was taken to the hospital, Norton said, where two prescription drugs, Diazepam (Valium) and Amitriptyline (antidepressant), were found in the child's body.
The father now has custody of the child, Nix said.
Hodges was indicted by a grand jury in June 2013 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; and distribution of Amitriptyline.
All the charges except child abuse and distribution were dismissed during her trial.