CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A 28-year-old Center woman whose baby tested positive for meth in 2016 accepted a plea bargain deal of two years of deferred adjudication on April 13.
Ashley Lynne Phillips appeared in the 123rd Judicial District Court for a plea bargain hearing. As part of the plea bargain deal, she pleaded guilty to a state-jail felony endangering a child charge.
In addition, Phillips will be jailed for 10 days, and she will have to pay court costs of $298. She will also be required to perform 40 hours of community service and provide a DNA sample to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Phillips will also be required to pay her court-appointed attorney fees within 180 days, and her driver's license will be suspended for a year. The plea bargain deal also calls for Phillips to complete a Child Protective Services "plan of service."
Phillips will be required to meet conditions similar to those imposed on someone who has been sentenced to probation.
David Nathan Lewis Jr. 37, of Timpson, was arrested at the same time as Phillips, and he was also charged with a state jail felony endangering a child charge. Nathan is the baby's father.
According to the arrest affidavits, Lewis and Phillips placed their baby "in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment by exposing the child to the controlled substance, methamphetamine."
An investigator with the SCSO received drug tests results for Lewis, Phillips, and their baby from a Child Protective Services case worker on July 11, 2016. CPS had removed the child from the parents' custody for his or her safety, the affidavit stated.
The test results stated that the child's hair tested positive for the presence of meth and amphetamine, the affidavit stated.
Phillips was indicted on the state-jail felony endangering a child charge earlier this year. Lewis pleaded guilty to state-jail felony endangering a child and was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail.