Wytheville Woman Pleads Guilty to Abandoning Children for 15 Days With no Food or Heat Last Winter

[image] Heather Bennett

A Wytheville woman pleads guilty to abandoning her children for 15 days with no food or heat last winter.

Heather Bennett, 32, was in court last week. She's charged with three counts of child abuse or neglect.

Bennett's original sentence was nine years in jail, although all but eight days were suspended. 

Wythe County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney William Winters says sentencing guidelines called for probation only and no incarceration for these offenses and associated facts.

In court, Bennett claimed in her defense that she had an arrangement with the children's father, who lived next door, to watch the children.

Bennett is on probation for five years.

She's also scheduled to appear in court later this month for charges on manufacturing a controlled substance.

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