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Belington Couple Pleads Guilty to Child Neglect Resulting in Death

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A Belington couple pleaded guilty to the methadone overdose death of their 23-month-old child on Tuesday.

Ida Lee Evans, 31, and David Lee Delauder, 37, pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in death and conspiracy before Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats. Both Evans and Delauder could spend up to 20 years in prison on the charges.

State Police said Ida Lee Evans, 31 , and her child laid down to take a nap and when she awoke, the child wasn't breathing. A week later, police received a toxicology report that indicated the child had methadone, a schedule two controlled substance, present in her blood.

Police interviewed Evans and the child's father, David Lee Delauder, 37 , and learned that neither person had a prescription for methadone, however they had bought some from someone in Philippi. Both Delauder and Evans told state police that they got high on pills and went to sleep in the same bed as their child and said that the other person had methadone pills in their pockets.

Delauder told state police that the night before the child died, he and Evans got high on methadone and hydrocodone they had bought and that he saw Evans crushing a white Methadone pill with her lighter. Evans told Delauder that she should give it to the child "because it might put her to sleep or make her hyper". Delauder said he asked Evans an hour later what she did with the pill and she said she "gave the baby a little something to sleep", according to the criminal complaint. Delauder told police that he and Evans fought for about an hour over her giving the pill to the baby. Delauder made no attempt to call EMS or get the baby checked for methadone ingestion, according to state police.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, the state will dismiss indictments returned by the grand jury in Oct. 2013.  Evans has been incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail since May 7, 2013.  Delauder had been free on bond until he tested positive for illegal drugs at the April 22 plea hearing.  Judge Moats revoked Delauder's bond as a result of his existing felony convictions and ordered Evans also be held without bond. 

Evans and Delauder will be sentenced at a later date, following a pre-sentence investigation on both Evans and Delauder.