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Woman arrested after drug overdose leaves boy in coma

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

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.


I know this boy and his mother is very involved in his life this woman was a coach of his who he trusted and this is what she did to him she should have gotten prison time
This is so irresponsible for the woman to give the drugs to the kid. She is the adult in this situation. And I don't think the parent can necessarily be blamed, since kids do sneak around on them and it is apparent the kid didn't tell his parents about the problems he was having.
So Greenville is a nice place to live but the county has turned there back on the place, the kids there need something they are not getting, not taking blame away from this dead beat mother because she needs to just go away, but non violent offender right, she will be right back out !
Drugs are drugs. Educate your kids,IMHO his parents didn't stress the importance, nor realize their child needed help! Not fair to only blame the woman,parents are to blame as well.I'm sorry,I know when there is something bothering my sons,do you know when something is wrong? Simple solution,ASK!
Legalizing weed is not going to stop the pill poppers and meth addicts. They are an entirely different group of people. While I agree it should be legalized, might as well allow the state to get monetary gain from it, I doubt it would ever stop the tweaker population from existing.
Sheba- That's absolutely the most genius thing I've ever read...NOT! "Legalize Weed!" That should stop stupid people from doing the other illegal drugs and harming their children. Try another angle for your campaign.
Tweaker central. Perhaps if they legalized the herb we could get people from using these DEADLY drugs. <br /><br />Too many pill poppers and tweaks in this county...i bet a few are reading this right now!!!




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