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Woman pleads guilty after kids ingest cocaine

A Winchester woman agreed to serve five years in prison after her two children found and swallowed cocaine.

Anniquita Wright, 31, was arrested a year ago by Winchester Police after one of her children appeared lethargic at the Winchester Head Start and was difficult to wake up. Police said the 4-year-old child was taken to Clark Regional Medical Center, where tests indicated there was cocaine in the child’s system.

Wright’s 2-year-old also tested positive for cocaine.

Thursday in Clark Circuit Court, Wright admitted the children were in her care at the time.

Winchester Police said previously that Wright told them she allowed a friend to sell cocaine from her home. Detectives believed the drugs were accessible and the children ingested them accidentally.

When officers searched the residence, no illegal drugs were found.

Wright was arrested for two counts of first-degree criminal abuse and for being a persistent felony offender. In the plea agreement, Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal abuse and a recommended sentence of five years each. The persistent felony offender charge was dismissed.

Wright is scheduled to be sentenced March 19. She remains in the Clark County Detention Center.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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