The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 4, 2012

Mom gets two years for giving pills to her kids

JEFFERSON — An Ashtabula County woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for helping her husband give diluted prescription painkiller to their four young sons more than a year ago.

Sarah Kirk, 31, pleaded guilty weeks ago to four counts of en-dangering child-ren. She          was sentenced Thursday in the courtroom of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Yost. Kirk remains in Ashtabula County Jail pending arraignment on new drug-related charges

Margaret Draper, assistant county prosecutor, said Friday she had recommended a nine-month sentence, noting Kirk had no previous record. Also, Draper said she believed Kirk’s behavior was “instigated” by her husband, Lawrence Kirk, who is awaiting sentencing on identical charges.

The children have been removed “permanently” from the custody of their parents and placed with other relatives, Draper said.

In January 2011, police said Lawrence Kirk gave Oxycodone diluted in water to his four sons so he could collect their urine and pass it as his own at drug tests. Some physicians who prescribe power painkillers require periodic tests of some patients to make sure they are taking the pills and not selling them, police said at the time. Prosecutors alleged Sarah Kirk participated in the urine-switching scheme.

The children were ages 6 to 10 at the time of the offense, authorities have said.

Late last month Lawrence Kirk pleaded guilty to four charges of endangering children and is scheduled to be sentenced by Yost on March 20. A pre-sentence investigation is under way by the county’s probation department. The prosecutor’s office has recommended a three-year prison sentence. He faces between four and 20 years behind bars.

The use of Oxycodone and other opiates in Ashtabula County “has become an epidemic,” Draper said. “You can’t underestimate the seriousness of the situation,” she said.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"