Mom Pleads Guilty In Teen Overdose Death

Mom Pleads Guilty In Teen Overdose Death

There are 5 comments on the NBC San Diego story from Jul 12, 2008, titled Mom Pleads Guilty In Teen Overdose Death. In it, NBC San Diego reports that:

On the day her trial was set to start, a Santee woman admitted she supplied a teenage girl with a fatal methadone overdose.

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Michael Patrick King

San Diego, CA

#1 Jul 15, 2008
Once I believed in the American system of justice. No more. Laura Wion is a friend of mine. I did not know her when she took Kelsea Phelps into her home. The facts of this case are not known to me, personally. However, I do know Ms. Wion now. I do not believe for an instant that she gave any amount of methadone to Kelsea.

The Laura Wion I know is a living contradiction: while most days she cannot leave her bed due to the intractable pain that her methadone prescription is supposed to relieve, nonetheless she routinely places the well-being of others above her own. I have witnessed her husband, Randy, dispensing pain medication to his wife. He keeps it locked in a safe that she cannot open; if she could, she might well overdose--her pain is that severe. Yet, when I visit their home, she manages to drag herself out of bed to show me the hospitality that I am certain she showed to Kelsea that night last year.

Last month, when they were headed for trial, Randy spoke confidently of Laura's chances for acquittal. He felt certain, he said, that no jury would convict her based on the "evidence" the prosecution intended to present. That is, he felt reasonably sure that the exculpatory evidence that Laura's own attorney would bring to bear on that body of damning evidence would prove the mightier. However, he sat in mute disbelief as the judge excluded exhibit after exhibit and dismissed witness after witness, effectively cutting Laura's legs out from under her. "The fact is," he later told me, "no reasonable person would have acquitted her, based on the evidence we were allowed to present."

"At the same time," he also recounted, "they had a big, blown-up picture of how Kelsea might have looked a couple of years ago." He went on to say, as Laura nodded agreement, that the Kelsea he had seen lately was "a far cry from that well-fed, well-scrubbed little girl" in the press photos. "If Kelsea were here to see and hear how her mother has done me," Laura declared, "she'd slap her!" Others were present during this conversation who had other things to say. I will not relate them here. Suffice it to say that I believe I know how Kelsea got the methadone--and Laura Wion didn't give it to her. However, that is another's truth to tell, not mine.

I intend to be on hand when Laura is sentenced on July 25. I pray that she may get probation. I am reminded, in any event, of Bob Dylan's song, "Chimes of Freedom" as recorded by The Byrds:

"And for each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail,
"And we gazed upon the Chimes of Freedom flashing."

These lines certainly will apply to Laura Wion if she is sent to prison.

El Cajon, CA

#2 Jul 26, 2008
The fact is, Laura Wion DID provide methadone to Kelsea Phelps. Laura Wion openly admitted in court on more than one occasion this fact. Laura Wion had a fixation with Kelsea and to say in a private conversation, Kelsea would slap her mother just shows how pathetic this woman truly is. The pictures of Kelsea spread through out the media were accurate. What I find most appalling is Laura Wions claime of being a christian woman. Tell me what kind of christian woman pleads guilty to criminal charges, takes a plea because she doesn't have the courage to stand trial because she knows shes guilty, yet walks outside the courtroom and claims loud enough for everyone to hear, "It' ok, I know I'm innocent, you know I'm innocent". Can you say, "Hypocrit"?
michael patricks wrong

El Cajon, CA

#3 Aug 3, 2008

Largo, FL

#4 Oct 20, 2008
Laura Wion evidently admitted that she gave Kelsea Phelps methadone, but exactly how many methadone pills did she give Kelsea? It is unlikely that she gave her many, because these pills are very precious to someone who experiences the degree of pain that Laura has lived with for many, many years. Please do not misunderstand me -- I do not believe Laura used good judgement, or that Laura was correct in giving Kelsea medication that was prescribed for her (Laura) by a physician. In fact, it is not legal to share your Rx drugs with others. So, Laura did break the law. However, I do wonder if Laura is really responsible for Kelsea's death. In order to know this, I would have to know some FACTS, and not a lot of MISinformation. For instance, I would have to know if the autopsy was able to ascertain exactly what combination of drugs Kelsea had in her body at the time of her death, and the percentage of each drug. A person who is a chronic drug abuser can possibly take as much as 40 mg of methadone on their first day. Patient responses to methadone can vary due to factors such as body weight and size, other substance use, diet (lack of food intake), co-occurring disorders and medical diseases and genetic factors. All of these factors influence rates of absorption and digestion of the drug.(This is precisely why ONLY MD's hand out meds. and they go to school for 20 years to gain this priviledge.) There was some sensational media-type scuttlebut about there being 18 methodone pills scattered about near Kelsea's dead body. IF this is true,(which I doubt), then we can deduce that those were 18 pills that Kelsea did NOT ingest. Right? I would like to know exactly how many methadone pills Kelsea COULD POSSIBLY HAVE taken. ONE? TWO? Would the dosage have totaled less than 40 mg? Just the facts, please, just the facts. I would also like to know what other substances Kelsea had ingested along with the methadone. Although Laura admitted giving Rx drugs to Kelsea, it is just possible that Laura is not responsible for Kelsea's death. I hope that her legal representatives considered all of the above. I wonder if the judge who sentenced her took the above into account. I also wonder if her sentence was the standard sentence for anyone who "shares" her Rx drugs with others, without a doctor's permission.
Michael Patrick King

El Cajon, CA

#6 Oct 26, 2012
facts wrote:
The fact is, Laura Wion DID provide methadone to Kelsea Phelps. Laura Wion openly admitted in court on more than one occasion this fact.
In an earlier conversation with Laura, she told me her version of what had happened. She said that she had given Kelsea "a bottle of penicillin and Tylenol tablets, with handwritten instructions on how to use them". I asked her where she got her medical degree. With a dumbfounded expression, she replied that she had no medical degree: "I've got a GED!". I then told her that, had she given me those drugs, I'd be dead of an allergic reaction to the penicillin. She began to sob, "I'm guilty! I'm guilty!"

The fact is that Laura did not admit to giving Kelsea methadone. She admitted to reckless endangerment of a minor. Huge difference. She was convicted in her heart that she had done wrong because of what I told her--that a person without proper medical training had no business dispensing drugs to anyone.

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