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Mother pleads guilty to neglect after baby's death

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A weeping mother pleaded guilty Monday to neglect in connection with the death of her infant son.

Cierra Nicole Jordan, 22, entered the plea Monday before Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell. It convicts her of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury. The judge ordered her to a 1- to 10-year prison sentence.

The punishment followed Jordan admitting that she failed to seek and provide adequate medical care for the 10-month-old child, De'Konyae Eugene Randolph. He died Jan. 25, 2011.

"I would never have thought in a million years that I would wake up and my son would not be here with me," she said. "I did not intend for any of this to happen at all ... I wish I would have paid attention to him more when he had gotten sick and maybe this could have been prevented."

Defense attorney Ray Nolan called the plea agreement appropriate. He said, in court, it more accurately depicts Jordan's involvement as opposed to the initial indictment, a more serious charge of child neglect resulting in death.

"There would have been competing, medical testimony," he said. "This more accurately reflects what actually happened in this most unfortunate set of circumstances."

Nolan described his client as remorseful. Jordan followed that by thanking the court for revoking her bond, explaining that step provide her the jail time she needed to learn from her mistake.

"If I could trade places with my son, I would," she said.

Authorities have said emergency units found the infant unresponsive as they arrived to a medical call at his home in the 1600 block of Artisan Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The initial indictment leaned upon a medical examiner's report, which determined the infant's death a homicide with starvation and dehydration listed as contributing factors.

Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles remained silent at Monday's hearing, but said afterward a defense expert would have disagreed with the medical examiner's analysis. He considered the plea an appropriate resolution in light of what would be opposing testimony.

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