GUILTY: Man enters plea in death of 5-month-old child - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

GUILTY: Man enters plea in death of 5-month-old child

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Suspect: Andrew Bennett Suspect: Andrew Bennett

A plea hearing was held in Raleigh County on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 in front of Judge Robert Burnside.  Andrew Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of Gross Child Neglect Creating a Significant Risk of Serious Bodily Injury or Death.  The charge stems from an incident which happened on Nov. 7, 2015 which resulted in the death of his 5-month-old child.

 Bennett admitted to giving his wife, Ariel Bennett, several alcoholic beverages before leaving her alone with their three children.  In addition to the infant, there was also two-year-old and a four-year-old.  While Mrs. Bennett was alone with the children she apparently passed out and rolled onto the infant.  The child was taken to a local hospital where the baby died.

Andrew Bennett faces one to five years in prison when he is sentenced on September 28, 2017.  That hearing is set for 9 a.m.  Ariel Bennett was also indicted in the case.  Her pretrial hearing was continued until the next term which should be in September or October.

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