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Woman going to jail in case where baby was born addicted
BY KEITH EPPS
A woman who was arrested on a child abuse charge after she gave birth to a heroin-addicted baby last year is going to serve more prison time after all.
Krystall Lynn Woodson, 24, was ordered in Stafford Circuit Court Friday to serve 18 months in prison after a judge determined that she’d violated probation by getting arrested on drug charges in Prince William County.
The charge was dropped, but it was determined that Woodson had not been on good behavior as called for in her sentencing documents.
Woodson’s Stafford County saga started last year, when she was charged with child abuse and possession of heroin after the birth of her son on Feb. 5. The abuse charge was dropped after defense attorney Jim Ilijevich successfully argued that state child abuse laws don’t apply to unborn children. But Woodson she was convicted of the drug charge.
At her sentencing on March 2 of this year, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen vigorously argued for a lengthy prison term. He claimed that Woodson, who has been pregnant nine times since she was 18, poses a constant threat to children she might have in the future because she uses drugs when she’s pregnant.
A crying Woodson insisted that she’s ready to move past her drug addiction and promised Judge J. Martin Bass that she would stay out of trouble.
On March 15, Woodson was arrested in Manassas when she was found next to a crack pipe during a drug raid in a motel room. The charge was later dropped, but Olsen proceeded with a probation violation charge anyway.
Prince William Detective John Christopher testified that during an investigation into suspected drug dealing, Woodson was seen repeatedly entering motel rooms with a suspected drug dealer. She was wearing only a T–shirt when she was arrested and was too intoxicated to be interviewed, Christopher testified.
Police also retrieved text messages off her cellphone that indicated drug involvement.
The man she was arrested with in Prince William is not the same man who claimed to be her fiancé at a recent bond hearing in Stafford. Olsen said police later learned that the fiancé is a convicted child molester.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404