A Lufkin woman convicted in the death of her infant child pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of prescription fraud.
Vanessa Lynn Clark, 34, will face her sentencing at a later date. In exchange for pleading guilty to the five counts, the remaining 13 counts were dropped.
The grand jury indicted Vanessa on the 18 counts and her husband, Mark Wayne Clark, 33, on 29 counts of fraud in November.
The Clarks went to trial separately in 2012 in connection to their
infant son's death in 2010. It was their second son to die as a result
of them sleeping with it. According to courtroom testimony, both Clarks
used prescription drugs in 2010.
A jury found Vanessa Clark guilty of child endangerment in April.
District Judge Paul White sentenced her to 119 months in prison. She is
out of prison on a $100,000 appeal bond.
A jury found Mark Clark not guilty of the same charge in May. Court
testimony revealed he did not know the infant was in bed with him when
Vanessa Clark's indictment alleges she misrepresent herself on nine
occasions in order to obtain hydrocodone and on eight occasions to
Mark Clark's indictment alleges he misrepresented himself on 15
occasions to obtain hydrocodone and on 14 occasions to obtain Xanax.
Mark Clark is scheduled for jury selection on Monday.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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