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Woman who tested positive for high level of meth pleads no contest in death of toddler in toilet

Woman who tested positive for ‘phenomenally’ high level of meth pleads no contest in death of her toddler who was found in a toilet – and she is pregnant again

  • Tabitha Danielle Amos, 30, entered the no contest plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and felony possession of narcotics
  • Daughter Gabriella Elizabeth Moore was found unresponsive in a bathroom commode at a friend’s house in Rocky Mount, Virginia on September 24, 2017
  • Baby had been left with a three-year-old and a seven-year-old while Amos sat outside smoking, texting and having a 19-minute phone call with a friend
  • After finding the infant in the toilet bowl she called her friend and he dialed 911 
  • Amos later tested positive for a ‘phenomenally high level of methamphetamine’ 
  • Amos was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotics in 2018
  • She was a fugitive until this January when cops arranged a meeting with her via her online escort service
  • Now-pregnant Amos is currently out on bail and faces 10 years for drugs charges plus five years for child endangerment when she’s sentenced in September

A Virginia woman has pleaded no contest to charges in the death of her one-year-old daughter who was found unresponsive lying in a toilet bowl almost two years ago and now she is expecting another child.

The Roanoke Times reports 30-year-old Tabitha Danielle Amos entered the plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and felony possession of narcotics.

Gabriella Elizabeth Moore was found unresponsive on September 24, 2017 by her mother after she had been outside ‘smoking’ and left the baby in the company of a three-year-old and a seven-year-old, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Amos tested positive for a ‘phenomenally high level of methamphetamine’ during a hospital screening later that day.

Tabitha Danielle Amos (left in a mug shot), 30, entered the no contest plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and felony possession of narcotics

Her deceased daughter Gabriella Elizabeth Moore is pictured

Tabitha Danielle Amos (left in a mug shot), 30, entered the no contest plea Tuesday to charges including child cruelty with injury and felony possession of narcotics in the death of Gabriella Elizabeth Moore (right)

Gabriella Elizabeth Moore (left) died at one year old in September 2017 after she was left with a three-year-old and a seven-year-old. She's pictured with her father Travis Shawn Moore (right)

Gabriella Elizabeth Moore (left) died at one year old in September 2017 after she was left with a three-year-old and a seven-year-old. She’s pictured with her father Travis Shawn Moore (right)

During the time in which Amos was outside her friend’s residence on Carolina Road in Rocky Mount, she replied to a text asking what she was doing by saying she was ‘smoking’.

Amos also took a 19-minute phone call while infant Moore wasn’t being supervised by an adult.

After Amos discovered the baby in a bathroom commode, she called the friend she had previously been on the phone to and he made the 911 call.

Attempts were made to revive Moore by those at the residence and a responding emergency crew that administered CPR. However they failed to revive the child.

Amos was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotics in 2018. 

The woman, of Wirtz, faces a 10-year sentence for the counts.  

The baby was discovered in a bathroom commode at the property in Carolina Road in Rocky Mount after Amos sat outside smoking, texting and having a 19-minute phone call with a friend

The baby was discovered in a bathroom commode at the property in Carolina Road in Rocky Mount after Amos sat outside smoking, texting and having a 19-minute phone call with a friend

However she was considered a fugitive on outstanding warrants for Manufacture/Possess controlled substance, Child Endangerment, and Revocation of Suspended Sentence. 

Authorities say she was caught while posing online as an escort. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit set up a meeting with her via the internet and was able to detain her in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond.

‘The use of drugs certainly played a role in the decision to bring charges,’ The Roanoke Times reported assistant prosecutor Sandra Workman said at Tuesday’s hearing, also regarding her Class 6 felony charge of child cruelty with injury.

Amos faces one to five years in prison for the count.

Amos later tested positive for a 'phenomenally high level of methamphetamine'. Amos was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotics in 2018 and was a fugitive until this January when cops arranged a meeting with her via her online escort service

Amos later tested positive for a ‘phenomenally high level of methamphetamine’. Amos was charged with two counts of felony possession of narcotics in 2018 and was a fugitive until this January when cops arranged a meeting with her via her online escort service

Amos is pregnant again according to her attorney

Amos is currently out on bail and faces 10 years for drugs charges plus five years for child endangerment when she's sentenced in September

Now-pregnant Amos is currently out on bail and faces 10 years for drugs charges plus five years for child endangerment when she’s sentenced in September

Amos posted bail and has been free for several months until her September sentencing.

Her defense attorney said she has passed drugs screenings since her release.

A memorial page for the deceased child said she ‘loved The Wizard of Oz movie and the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow which was in the movie’. A description added: ‘Her best friend was her pug, Gracie.’

Now Amos is having another baby.

‘She’s actually pregnant and right now she’s doing really well,’ her attorney Tripp Hunt, said.

A memorial page for the deceased child said she 'loved The Wizard of Oz movie and the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow which was in the movie. Her best friend was her pug, Gracie.'

A memorial page for the deceased child said she ‘loved The Wizard of Oz movie and the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow which was in the movie. Her best friend was her pug, Gracie.’

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