Grandmother sentenced after grandkids eat heroin and overdose

 Lisa Davis and her daughter Carlisa Davis (Photo Source: Warren Police Department)
Lisa Davis and her daughter Carlisa Davis (Photo source: Warren Police Department)

In a story that shows the dangers of allowing drug dealing to occur in a home, a grandmother has been sentenced to jail. Police and prosecutors claim that Lisa Davis, 44, of Warren, Ohio, knew her sons were dealing drugs from her home. Staying at the home also was her daughter Carlisa Davis, 19, and her two small children. In February 2016, Carlisa Davis woke up to find her two children ages nine months and 21 months were unconscious on the floor after eating heroin they had found. The boy and girl were rushed to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where doctors administered to them two doses each of the opiate-reversal drug Naloxone for their heroin overdose. Fortunately, the children survived the overdose and now live with their great-grandmother.

Carlisa Davis pregnant (Facebook/Carlisa Davis)
Carlisa Davis pregnant (Facebook/Carlisa Davis)

In October of this year, Lisa Davis pleaded guilty to a felony charge of allowing drug use in her home. This past Wednesday, a judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail and five years probation. A jury last month convicted the children’s mother on two counts of child endangering publishable by up to six years in prison. During her trial, prosecutors played a videotaped interview with Carlisa, who told investigators she was aware that her brothers and his friends had been selling drugs out of her mother’s home. Her attorney asked the jury to consider his client’s difficult circumstances, namely, that she was a single mother of two, with a third on the way, who was working and going to school. The prosecution called her attorney’s argument an excuse and stated to the court “To continue to live in an environment where drugs, especially heroin and fentanyl, are being dealt subjects these children to a substantial risk of serious harm and we can’t condone that.”

The jury deliberated for just an hour before they found her guilty, she has yet to be sentenced.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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