Bond granted for Suffolk mother charged in 2-year-old's drug death

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 12:20 PM

SUFFOLK--The mother of a two-year-old who died last summer after eating prescription drugs kept in a candy container was granted bond on Wednesday.

32-year-old Lakesha Lanika Artis (Riddick) is charged with second degree murder,  involuntary manslaughter, and abuse and neglect.

Her attorney Drew Page told 13News bond was set at $200,000.00.

"She has lost a 2-year-old daughter who she loved so dearly. She, also, just recently lost her mother, and is dealing with all of this while sitting in Western Tidewater Regional Jail," Page said following her arrest.

Prosecutors say Destiny Riddick found a candy container containing Suboxone in her step-grandmothers' bedroom in July 2011 and ate some. The drug is used to treat addiction to heroin and similar drugs. The child was found unresponsive the next morning and pronounced dead at the hospital.

"They don't allege that she actually committed any type of abuse towards her daughter but essentially claim that she neglected to take her back to the hospital, and they claim that that's the reason for the child's death," explained Page. "I couldn't imagine, you know, what would happen to me if I were to lose my daughter, so, obviously, again, the Commonwealth has their facts as they presented and we're gonna do our best to fight on her behalf," Page stated.

Destiny's step-grandmother, Kimberly Artis, will spend more than 7 years in prison on charges stemming from the girl's death. She pleaded guilty last September to involuntary manslaughter and child neglect.

Kimberly Artis' boyfriend, Steven Wade Bullock, is serving more than seven years on similar charges.

Lakesha Artis is due to back in court April 11.

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