ASHLAND — The Hayesville mother who went back to work instead of calling 911 or taking her 4-year-old daughter to the hospital after she was shot by her 8-year-old brother pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangering charges Monday.
Alyssa Edwards, 28, entered guilty pleas to a third-degree felony count of endangering children and first-degree misdemeanor count of endangering children in Ashland County Common Pleas Court.
The guilty pleas led to the cancellation of a trial that was set to start July 10.
Edwards returned to work at an area horse farm March 3 after being notified of the shooting and bandaging the the girl’s injuries. She had left the two children at her Hayesville home alone, during which time the boy shot his sister four times with a rifle, police said. After she returned home a second time, Edwards took the girl to the hospital later that day after urine started coming out of a stomach wound.
Edwards spoke quietly as Judge Ronald P. Forsthoefel asked questions of Edwards as she sat next to her attorney, Donald Wick.
"Yes, your honor," she said, after Forsthoefel asked if she understood what it was that led to charges being filed in her case.
Shortly after, she pleaded guilty to the two charges.
Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell asked Forsthoefel to dismiss a charge of tampering with evidence, an additional third-degree felony, as a part of the pleas agreement for the case. The state also will not recommend a sentence during a sentencing hearing, as part of the arrangement, Tunnell said.
Forsthoefel also vacated the no-contact order between the kids as a joint request from Tunnell and the defense, and Juvenile Court Judge Damian Vercillo’s order is now in effect.
That order allows Edwards to have contact with the two children, but only under the supervision of Job and Family Services. Both children are separated and in the custody of Job and Family Services.
"We need to get past this for the kids’ sake," Tunnell said after the hearing.
"It’s an admission of the substance of what happened," he said of the plea.
A sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at Ashland County Common Pleas Court. She faces a maximum of three years in prison and $11,000 in fines.
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