BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — The mother charged with the death of her two-year-old who died of a drug overdose was back in court Tuesday facing old drug charges.
Whitney Ard, who is accused of negligent homicide in the death of her two-year-old child Mitchell Robinson, pled not guilty to drugs and weapons charges that are unrelated to her other case.
According to EBRSO, Ard was arrested in the spring after police said they found copious amounts of drugs and illegal weapons inside her home. After being released in June, her children were returned to her the following day. Court documents said the toddler found fentanyl on the floor of the bedroom, where Ard later discovered that he died from the drug.
This was not the first time the child has overdosed. Court records said the baby was treated at least two other times this year. State officials said Ard might not be the only one to blame.
“It’s almost criminal for whoever has that case, it is to me, that they missed it a third time,” said Senator Katrina R. Jackson. “And when that happens on someone’s watch because I know it is one caseworker that has this case or that case, they shouldn’t be working for us.”
Ard’s defense attorney Dale Glover told the judge his client is a victim because of her battle with drug addiction and asked the bond to not be revoked in an attempt to get her into a treatment center.
The prosecution replied saying she creates victims, bringing the focus back to her recently deceased son.
The judge ultimately sided with the prosecution and revoked Ard’s bond in this case.