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Sharp County woman convicted of giving baby morphine

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Cherokee Village woman accused of giving her infant morphine in May of 2009, was sentenced to five years in prison by a Poinsett County Court Jan. 4 for her role in the crime.

Crystal Williams, 23, of Cherokee Village admitted to Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer she gave her 5-week-old son liquid morphine because he wouldn't stop crying. The incident occurred in Trumann, thus the reason for the court precedings being held in Poinsett County.

Authorities involved in the case believe the child was given the drug on the way back to their Sharp County home from Trumann. The baby stopped breathing and was taken to the Fulton County Hospital by the parents and then was taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, where the child eventually recovered from the overdose.

Williams pled guilty to introducing a controlled substance into another person's body, as well as possession of a controlled substance. Williams husband Robert Williams is also facing similar charges in the incident and due to go to trial Jan. 11 in Poinsett County.

The couple also had an infant who died when they were living in Searcy. At the time of the charges, authorities with the Trumann Police Department and White County Sheriff's Department were looking into the cause of death. No charges have been filed against the couple to date in the other child's death.



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