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SW Va. girl, 3, eats meth, mother charged

Thursday - 2/20/2014, 4:10am  ET

DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) -- A southwest Virginia woman is facing a felony child abuse charge after authorities say her 3-year-old daughter ate methamphetamine left on a plate.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman says 26-year-old Kristina Marie Pennington of Damascus is also charged with one count of neglect of a child stemming from the January incident.

According the Bristol Herald Courier (, someone brought the meth to Pennington's apartment and left a portion of the drug on a plate. The child was playing in the kitchen and swallowed some of the leftover meth.

The child's father noticed she was acting abnormally and took her to a hospital. Doctors confirmed the child ingested the substance.

Pennington is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon.


Information from: Bristol Herald Courier,

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