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WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) -

An investigation conducted by the Washington County VA Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division has resulted in felony charges being lodged today against a Washington County mother.

According to Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman, the incident occurred on January 12, 2014, at Settler’s Point Apartments, Damascus, VA. The investigation revealed the accused had methamphetamine brought into her residence by another person, that she used part of the methamphetamine and left an unused portion on a plate in the kitchen area of the apartment. The accused’ three-year-old daughter, who was playing in the kitchen area of the apartment, consumed part of the unused portion of the methamphetamine that had been left on the plate.

Based on statements obtained by detectives, the accused did not take her child to the emergency room for treatment. Later that same day, the child was released to her father who observed the child acting in an abnormal manner and took the child to the hospital. Authorities were then made aware of the substance that had been ingested by the child.

Kristina Marie Pennington, age 26, of 32108 Plymouth Court, Damascus, VA, was charged with one count of felony abuse and neglect of a child. She is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a $5,000 secured bond.

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