Grass Valley woman takes plea agreement in drug, child abuse case
A Grass Valley woman pleaded no contest to drug possession and child abuse charges stemming from an August 2015 arrest in which her 2-year-old was found in close proximity to a weapon, as well as drugs and paraphernalia.
Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force had served a search warrant on an apartment at Valley Commons, in the 1400 block of Segsworth Way.
Detectives reportedly found a 2-year-old child sleeping in the living room on a make-shift bed. The child’s mother, Autumn Brooke Pearson, and Derek Martin Knill were on a mattress next to the toddler’s bed.
Underneath the mattress, deputies allegedly located a loaded .25-caliber pistol that was accessible to the child. Multiple syringes, both used and new, capped and uncapped, as well as heroin and methamphetamine, were allegedly found throughout the residence.
Detectives reportedly also located two digital scales and multiple baggies, as well as items associated with the manufacture of butane honey oil.
Child Protective Services was called because there was concern of possible great bodily harm to the child.
Pearson, 21 at the time, was arrested and charged with manufacturing honey oil, possessing a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and child abuse. Knill was charged with manufacturing honey oil, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sept. 6, Pearson and Knill failed to appear for a preliminary hearing into the evidence against them, and warrants were issued for both.
Pearson was arrested on Sept. 17, and her preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Thursday; she also was facing three additional misdemeanor cases for false registration, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Instead, she opted for a plea agreement that netted her credit for time already served in county jail, as well as three years probation.
She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and to the failure to appear charge, as well as to misdemeanor child endangerment.
Assistant District Attorney Joe Alexander noted that Pearson had abdicated her parental rights and her child had been adopted out, but stressed that she needed to admit culpability for that charge.
Her other three misdemeanor cases were to be dismissed.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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