A Warren County woman who overdosed on a drug and collapsed in front of her children must serve prison time.
Judge William W. Sharp sentenced Sarah Gladys Moon Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to five years in a state penitentiary for one count of child endangerment. Sharp suspended two years of the sentence, leaving Moon with three years to serve in the behavioral correction program through the Virginia Department of Corrections. Sharp ordered Moon, 37, of Linden, to complete three years of supervised probation upon release.
Sharp sentenced Moon to one year with all time suspended for each of two additional counts of child endangerment. The judge sentenced Moon to three years with all time suspended for one count of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance, specifically methadone. All sentences run consecutively.
Moon pleaded no contest to all four felony counts at a June 3 hearing.
An agreement reached between Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond and Moon’s legal counsel Eric Wiseley called for the defendant to plead no contest to the four felonies. The agreement also called for Moon to admit to violating probation imposed in previous convictions. The agreement capped the active time Moon would serve at five years.
Sentencing guidelines prepared for the hearing recommended that Moon serve from one year to two years and four months.
Authorities accused Moon of endangering her three children on Jan. 3 when she suffered from a drug overdose, according to court documents. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputy B.M. Hager responded to a call at Moon’s residence for a woman suffering from cardiac arrest. An 8-year-old boy led Hager to the woman, identified as the child’s mother, lying on the floor by the back door, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. Other children were in the room when the deputy arrived.
Hager performed chest compressions on the woman and another deputy administered two doses of Narcan — a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. An emergency crew took Moon to Warren Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
Hager spoke to the children, all under the age of 10, who told him their mother fell down and stopped breathing, the complaint states. The Department of Social Services responded and found a family member to pick up the children.
Moon later admitted to taking drugs while at home with the children, Hager states.
While she was being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, a special justice serving the facility issued temporary detention orders on two separate occasions to commit Moon into a psychiatric hospital for inpatient services, court documents indicate.