Judge sentences woman found slumped in car after overdose

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (AP) — A woman photographed with her boyfriend slumped in a vehicle after overdosing on heroin as her 4-year-old grandson sat in the backseat has pleaded no contest to a child endangering charge in southeast Ohio.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, released by the East Liverpool Police Department, a young child sits in a vehicle behind his grandmother, Rhonda Pasek and her boyfriend, James Acord, both of whom are unconscious from a drug overdose, in East Liverpool, Ohio. An Ohio judge has turned over the custody of the boy. A Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator told The Associated Press that the boy’s great uncle and great aunt petitioned the court for custody, which was granted by a judge on Monday, Sept. 12. (East Liverpool Police Department via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, released by the East Liverpool Police Department, a young child sits in a vehicle behind his grandmother, Rhonda Pasek and her boyfriend, James Acord, both of whom are unconscious from a drug overdose, in East Liverpool, Ohio. An Ohio judge has turned over the custody of the boy. A Columbiana County Juvenile Court administrator told The Associated Press that the boy’s great uncle and great aunt petitioned the court for custody, which was granted by a judge on Monday, Sept. 12. (East Liverpool Police Department via AP, File)

A judge in East Liverpool on Thursday sentenced 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek to 180 days in jail. The boyfriend received 360 days in jail last week after pleading no contest to child endangering and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Photos taken by East Liverpool police of Pasek and 47-year-old James Acord went viral last week after being posted on Facebook.

A Juvenile Court judge has granted custody of the boy to relatives in South Carolina.

Pasek’s attorney says her client is embarrassed by the international attention the photos have received and wanted the case over with.

 

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