Woman pleads guilty in child's death
CHINA GROVE — A Rowan County woman pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 overdose death of her toddler.
Paula Marie Osterhus, was charged in July 2009 after her 3-year-old daughter Kaely Osterhus from ingesting methadone.
Paula Osterhus received three years probation after entering the plea in Rowan County Superior Court.
An autopsy report in 2009 said the child died of methadone toxicity. The methadone had been left in a food container within reach of the girl.
The methadone, which was in a liquid form, had been prescribed to Paula Osterhus.
See Saturday’s Post for more details.