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Castlewood mother passed out in vehicle pleads guilty to child abuse, neglect, DUI

October 26th, 2013 7:17 pm by Wes Bunch

Castlewood mother passed out in vehicle pleads guilty to child abuse, neglect, DUI

Brandy Nicole Watts

GATE CITY — A Castlewood woman who was found passed out in her car earlier this year with her three children riding with her pleaded guilty to four felonies during an appearance Friday in Scott County Circuit Court.

Brandy Nicole Watts, 30, of Castlewood, entered guilty pleas to three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and a single count of felony DUI-3rd offense that stemmed from her Oct0ber 2012 arrest.

The charges are considered a Class 6 felony, the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said. Each count is punishable with a sentence of up to five years in state prison.

Watts is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 27 in Circuit Court.

According to police reports, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office arrested Watts after receiving a report that two people were sitting passed out in a running car that was parked in front of Forks of the Road Market in the Big Moccasin section of Scott County. Watt’s blood alcohol content was found to be over the legal limit, authorities said.

It was while responding to the scene that officers discovered Watts’ three children in the car, the oldest of whom was in their early teens, authorities said.

A Scott County grand jury indicted Watts in May 2013.

In other court news Friday, Karen Elkins Long, no age given, of Wise, was ordered to serve a year in prison after being found guilty of introducing narcotics into a penal facility.

Long was given a five-year sentence with four years suspended after pleading guilty Oct. 18 to a single count each of being a prisoner in possession of unlawful chemicals and possession of Schedule II drugs for resale.

Long was charged in March 2013 and indicted in August after she was found trying to sneak pills into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield. The pills were reportedly found during a body search before Long entered one of the jail’s pods.

In addition to her prison sentence, Long was ordered to pay a $205,000 fine and submit to indefinite probation and community service work.

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