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Woman gets 3 years for giving infant nearly fatal methadone


CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – An Albany woman arrested for giving her infant a nearly fatal dose of methadone has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

The Gazette-Times reports 34-year-old Magan McDermott was sentenced in Benton County Circuit Court Friday.

McDermott pleaded guilty to charges of causing another to ingest a controlled substance and assault in the third degree.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of delivery of methadone to a minor and applying a schedule I/II controlled substance to the body of a minor.

Prosecutor Matt Ipson says McDermott in November gave her 4-month-old boy methadone to get him to sleep but that the baby stopped breathing.

Ipson says McDermott fled from the home before first responders arrived but texted her sister who told first responders about the methadone. He was treated and taken to a children’s hospital.

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