Mother pleads guilty in connection with son's death

Mother pleads guilty in connection with son's death
Casey Travis (Source: Morgan Co. Sheriff's Office)
Casey Travis (Source: Morgan Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jayden Travis (Source: Family)
Jayden Travis (Source: Family)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - There was a surprise guilty plea for a woman charged in the 2009 death of her son.

Casey Travis pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and chemical endangerment of a child on Monday morning. She was originally charged with murder and manslaughter.

Her son, 3-year-old Jayden Travis, died after police say he ingested a synthetic heroin pill called suboxone, similar to methadone. Prosecutors said Travis knew Jayden took the pill the morning of Sept. 21 2009, but failed to get him medical attention or call 911 until later that night.

Travis will serve one year in Morgan County Jail and two years of probation.

The father's side of Jayden's family is completely disappointed in the result. They feel she should be spending all three years in jail - one year for every year of Jayden's short life.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom to witness Casey Travis break down in front of the judge, but Jayden's grandmother, Carol Adkins, did.

"At least knowing she had to stand in front of a judge and admit that she did endanger him and it did cause his death... she did kill him," Carol said.

"I would still like to know what went on that night," added Jayden's father, William Adkins. "There is no closure whatsoever."

Carol said Casey had every responsibility to care and nurture the child, and that she "failed him miserably."

The Adkins' anger only intensified after learning Travis posted a "selfie" to social media from a court holding room shortly before appearing before the judge.

Travis has 30 days to turn herself in and she is not allowed to have contact with the father of the child.

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