The mother of a toddler who ingested cocaine last fall will not have to spend any time in prison if she stays out of trouble for the next five years.
Ashley Carrier, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday in Boyle Circuit Court to four counts of wanton endangerment. As part of a plea deal recommended by prosecutors, Carrier can avoid a four-year prison sentence by completing a five-year diversion program.
Judge Darren Peckler will sentence Carrier on Aug. 5. In asking the judge for a later sentencing date, public defender Melissa Bellew told Peckler that Carrier is nine months pregnant.
In September, Carrier was with her sister, Jessica Coffman, and four young children at their residence at 429 Chestnut St. After Carrier's son, who was 18 months old at the time, started acting strangely, he was taken to the emergency room of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where he tested positive for cocaine.