CHRISTY LEE KILGORE
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins county mom who exposed her 7-year-old child to meth lab fumes in early 2012 accepted a plea agreement Wednesday reducing her child abuse charge from a class B felony to a Class D felony.
Christy Lee Kilgore, 39, 313 Bray Road, Surgoinsville, was sentenced to two years and one day and fined $100 by Judge John Dugger in exchange for a guilty plea to Class D felony child abuse.
She was arrested on Jan. 6, 2012, a couple of days after she and her 7-year-old daughter spent the night in a camper where meth was being manufactured by her boyfriend at the time, Tracey Dewayne Gibson.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a Rogersville physician’s office on Jan. 6, 2012 after a family member of the 7-year-old girl brought her to have respiratory problems treated. It was determined that the child’s breathing problem was caused by exposure to an active meth lab.
HCSO Narcotics Unit detectives spoke to the girl, who described in detail a complete or partial meth lab in a camper.
Detectives were able to determine that the camper belonged to Gibson in the Greenland Campground in Church Hill.
Detectives went to the camper and found Gibson was gone but observed numerous meth lab ingredients and components in plain view from outside.
Deputies subsequently executed a search warrant on the camper and discovered more evidence of a meth lab inside, as well as meth residue and syringes.
Kilgore who admitted that she stayed with Gibson the three nights prior to Jan. 6, 2012, and her daughter had stayed there overnight the first night.
Kilgore stated that on the night her 7-year-old daughter stayed in the camper all night, fumes of a meth lab were present in the camper. Kilgore also allegedly told the HCSO her 7-year-old daughter slept on a couch while she and other individuals snorted pills and meth inside the camper.
Kilgore is eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of her sentence. She was originally charged with Class B felony child abuse charge carries a sentencing range of 8-12 years.
Other guilty pleas heard Wednesday by Dugger included:
• Raven Blaze Poe, 19, 5308 11-W, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and one day of probation, fined $275, and ordered to pay $1,053 in restitution to the HCSO for vandalism over $1,000, assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
• Brenda Clevinger, 45, 135 Steele Road, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years and fined $2,000 for introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution.
• Raymond Jarvis Miracle, 30, of Surgoinsville, who was sentenced to 18 months and fined $200 for two counts of sex offender registry violation.
• Daniel A. Smith, 19, of Kingsport, who was sentenced to two years and one day, fined $700, and ordered to pay $3,219 in restitution for two counts of burglary, theft over $1,00 and vandalism over $500.
• Jordan Patrick Gilliam, 23, 570 Mooresburg Springs Road, Mooresburg, who was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $200 for felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.