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Woman arrested after drug overdose leaves boy in coma

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
11/22/2011

A 31-year-old Greenville woman faces felony charges after a 14-year-old boy overdosed on drugs she allegedly gave him to sell.

The boy was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. He was in a coma when he arrived, but his condition has improved.

As of Friday, Nov. 18, the boy was reportedly no longer in a coma, but was having difficulty breathing.

Deana Maughan was charged with using a minor to furnish a controlled substance to others and felony child endangerment.

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister said the charges against Maughan carry enhancements for causing great bodily injury. Another enhancement was added because the minor is at least four years younger than she is.

“I consider this an exceptionally serious crime,” Hollister said. “It’s a tragic and unfortunate reminder to both parents and kids of prescription drug abuse.”

Hollister said Maughan gave the boy 30 pills commonly used to treat anxiety. The drug is marketed under the trade name Klonopin.

He said the boy was supposed to sell the drugs, most likely to schoolmates.

However, for reasons unknown, the boy became distraught and ingested all 30 pills in an apparent suicide attempt sometime during the evening of Monday, Nov. 14.

The boy’s mother found him at his residence shortly after 7 a.m. the following day.

He was flown to Renown, where he remains.

Maughan was arrested at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

At the district attorney’s request, Maughan’s bail was raised to $80,000 during her Thursday, Nov. 17, court appearance.

She is scheduled to return to court Wednesday, Nov. 23, for a pre-trial conference.

Maughan is being held in the Plumas County Jail.

 


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