Mom who OD’d on heroin pleads guilty to four counts of child neglect
A Madison woman who police say left her three young children unattended while she was overdosing on heroin earlier this year pleaded guilty to four counts of child neglect Monday morning in a Dane County courtroom.
Brittany K. Pearson, 32, was convicted of the child neglect charges and bail jumping by Dane County Circuit Judge William Hanrahan. Pearson had charges of resisting arrest, possession of narcotics and retail theft dismissed as well as a second charge of bail jumping as part of a plea deal.
Pearson and Will E. Weaver, 58, were both charged with child neglect and possession of narcotics and Pearson had an additional charge of resisting arrest after police said they were found unconscious from overdosing on heroin at their rented residence on the Southwest Side as Pearson’s three children were left unattended in deplorable conditions on April 1. Pearson and Weaver were later evicted from the residence and have been homeless, court records show.
Pearson’s child have been in protective custody since the incident, police said.
In August, Pearson was charged with retail theft and bail jumping after police say she walked out of Target, 2765 Hilldale Way, in June with stolen merchandise she stuffed in her purse. One of the conditions of her release on bail was to stay away from Target stores. She was charged with bail jumping in September after Fitchburg police said she was in a car that was in the parking lot at Target on McKee Road, according to a criminal complaint. One of the passengers later admitted to shoplifting items from the store, the criminal complaint said.
Pearson will be sentenced at a later date. A bench warrant has been issued to locate Weaver after he missed a court hearing last month.