Alyssa Edwards Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail

  • 8/20/2018 4:53:25 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

ASHLAND COUNTY, OH- The 27-year-old Hayesville mother who returned to work leaving her two children home alone after discovering her son had shot her daughter was sentenced to 180 days or roughly 6 months in jail with permitted work release Monday in Ashland County Common Pleas Court.

On Saturday, March 3rd, Alyssa Mae Edwards left her 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter home alone while she went to work. The 8-year-old retrieved a .22-caliber rifle from a gun locker and shot at his sister 4 times, hitting her in the lower abdomen.

Edwards was notified by the 8-year-old of the shooting while at work at around 10:00 AM. She returned home, examined her daughter's injuries and then returned to work around 11:00 AM, leaving the children alone again.

She returned home again between 1:00 and 2:00 PM and re-examined her daughter. After discovering the wound was leaking urine, she took both children to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center, where the four-year-old was transported to Cleveland's Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Carl L. Richert stated that a call was received about the shooting around 2:00 PM from University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center where the mother had taken the girl for treatment. The two children involved in the incident were removed from the home and placed in the custody of the county.

Edwards was arrested that Saturday evening was charged with 2 counts of child endangering. The first count, a third-degree felony, was in response to the 4-year-old who was shot. The second count, a first-degree misdemeanor was related to leaving the children alone, specifically the 8-year-old boy who was left alone with access to a firearm.

Edwards initially pleaded "not guilty" in Ashland County Common Pleas Court to the two charges of child endangering on March 9th and posted bond, which was set at $30,000.

Edwards returned again to court on Tuesday, March 13th. The Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Forsthoefel accepted Edwards' plea of 'not guilty' to two counts of child endangering. Edwards was also hit with a third charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, to which she also pleaded not guilty. Edwards trial date was then set for July 10th.

On July 3rd, Edwards changed her plea from "not guilty" to "guilty" to two counts of endangering children. 

On August 20th, Alyssa Mae Edwards was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 3 years probation, 25 hours of community service, and continued mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment counseling. She must also pay $500 in fines as well as court costs.

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