WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The mother facing felony charges after her children overdosed on drugs was found guilty of two counts of child endangerment.
The verdict was handed down after about an hour of deliberation by the jury on Thursday. Carlisa Davis broke down in tears after it was read.
“There was a lot of evidence for the jurors to take in, some complicated medical testimony, and I’m pleased that…the jurors paid attention to the state’s case. I’m very satisfied with the verdict,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Diane Barber.
Davis, now 19 and a mother of three, was charged earlier this year after her two young children, both under the age of two, passed out and were taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
They were later revived with the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone and diagnosed with an opiate intoxication.
“These children very nearly died,” Barber said.
During closing arguments, Davis’ attorney, Michael Scala, asked the jury to consider her circumstances. She was just 18 at the time and a mother of two with another on the way.
Davis was working and going to school while living in her mother’s home on Randolph Street with her two adult brothers, who prosecutors say were packaging and dealing drugs.
“She’s living in an environment that’s, yeah, no good. She’s trying to get out the best she can with the resources she had,” Scala said.
Barber called that an excuse.
“To continue to live in an environment where drugs, especially heroin and fentanyl, are being dealt subjects these children to substantial risk of serious harm and we can’t condone that,” she said.
Barber commended the police department and medical staff for their roles in the case.
“The Warren Police Department did an excellent job, they were on the case right from the beginning,” she said. “Detective [Nick] Carney did a very effective interview of the defendant, Carlisa Davis, and that, together with all of the assistance from the medical field, was instrumental in getting those guilty verdicts.”
Judge W. Wyatt McKay revoked Davis’ bond, sending her straight to the Trumbull County Jail. She faces up to six years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.