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Family feels prison sentence for mother in child overdose case too light

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Lacey Kertz was sentenced to 17 years in prison after her son, 2, Carson Swyers, died from a drug overdose Lacey Kertz was sentenced to 17 years in prison after her son, 2, Carson Swyers, died from a drug overdose

(KMOV.com) – The mother of a St. Francois County toddler who died from an overdose was sentenced to 17 years in prison, a sentence other family members feel is too light.

Lacey Kertz was sentenced to 17 years in prison on voluntary manslaughter charges. Her son Carson Swyres, 2, died from an overdose in 2013. An autopsy determined he had meth, opiates, and amphetamines in his system.

The Missouri System of Social Services received several complaints from people worried about Carson’s well-being, but Kerz was originally cleared of any wrongdoing. After Swyres death, DSS said Kertz inappropriately gave him drugs.

In 2014, prosecutors charged Kertz with felony neglect and she could have faced a sentence from 30 years to life in prison. However, Kertz pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will serve 17 years in prison.

Swyres grandmother said she is not happy with the sentence. Kertz is eligible for patrol.

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