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.