A Kingman woman charged with abandoning her child last spring was shocked to be sent to prison when she was hoping for probation. Elizabeth Martin, 26, burst into tears when Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn ordered a five year prison term during a January 7 sentencing hearing.
It was the most severe punishment possible under terms of the plea agreement convicting Martin of attempted child abuse.
Martin’s one year old son was found strapped in a stroller in the front yard of a residence in north Kingman at 10:37 a.m. on May 16 last year. Martin and her attorney contend that Martin thought her friend at that residence had agreed to watch the boy overnight.
The friend told authorities that she caught Martin injecting drugs into her arm behind the house the previous evening. The friend said she told Martin to stop before she allowed her to use the shower.
Judge Conn was mortified that the boy spent the night outdoors all alone given confusion and irresponsibility associated with his care.
“Your child was found the next morning in a stroller, having spent the entire night outside,” Judge Conn vented. “Leaving your child unattended, outside and overnight is a horrible thing to do and, to me, it makes youa horribly bad mom on that occasion.”
A presentence report indicated that Martin began using methamphetamine at the age of 12, graduating to heroin, her admitted drug of choice at the age of 26. Her incarceration at the Arizona Department of Corrections will separate her from her four children, ranging from five months to five years of age.