A local woman pleaded guilty Monday to buying heroin in the vicinity of an 18-month-old child.
Brooke A. Turner, 27, of 61 Spino Court, was convicted Monday of one count of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile. She also agreed to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department the cost of drug testing as part of a plea deal.
Also, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker agreed to dismiss two other charges of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of criminal tools.
The controlled March 11 purchase happened on West Chestnut Street. Shenker said a wired confidential informant gave Turner $25 and Turner received a baggie with brown powder that tests later confirmed was heroin.
"This transaction happened in the vicinity of a juvenile," Shenker also told the court.
Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton, after the hearing, said the transaction was set up without the knowledge that a child would be there.
"We don't let informants take their children on drug buys. There was a child present at the residence during the buy, but it wasn't the informant's," Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said.
Turner, after hearing the prosecutor's assessment of the case, disputed there was a child present.
"When I heard the tapes, I never heard a child. I never did it in front of a child," Turner told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo explained to his client a child only has to be present, but not seen, for defendants to be charged with selling drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. Turner then said she understood and agreed the prosecutor's presentation of the facts was accurate.
With two local felony convictions from separate 2004 cases, Turner could face six to 18 months in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 9.
She remains free on bond.