Morristown woman pleads guilty in grandson's death

Morristown woman pleads guilty in grandson's death

Lillian Collins Lillian Collins

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the death of her 13-year-old grandson.

Lillian Ann Collins, 67, of Morristown pleaded guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and possession of a schedule II drug with intent to sell or deliver.

The charges stem from her arrest in May 2010. In that incident, police responded to her residence to investigate the death of her grandson Evan "Chase" Collins.

A forensic report from the University of Tennessee Medical Center found that Chase's death was not due to natural causes. The report also indicated that he had Ritalin in his system, which was not prescribed to him.

"While we are pleased that Ms. Collins has been held responsible for Chase's death, we had hoped for a greater sentence," Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt said in news release. "It is important that we hold individuals accountable who are illegally distributing medications which often contribute to the death of others."

Collins was sentenced to five years of jail time. According to the agreement, she will serve 120 days in jail and the remainder of her sentence on probation. She was also fined $2,500.

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