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Parents Plead Innocent in Child’s Death

May 24, 2013
By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Edward Cole Jr. and Cindy Cole pleaded innocent Thursday to allegations that their neglect led to the fatal drug overdose of their 3-year-old daughter in March 2012.

Edward Cole, 38, and Cindy Cole, 28, each pleaded innocent to a single count of child neglect resulting in death during docket day proceedings in Ohio County Circuit Court. Judge James Mazzone scheduled their trial for Aug. 13.

Patience Cole died on March 4, 2012, after ingesting prescription antidepressants at her family's home on Wheeling Island, according to Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith. Smith attributed the delay in the indictment against the girl's parents to an "extensive investigation" by the Wheeling Police Department, which included an autopsy and lab work.

Edward Cole was transported from court to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, where he remained late Thursday on $50,000 bond. Cindy Cole posted the $50,000 bond at court and remained free Thursday.

Mazzone and Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims also accepted innocent pleas from and scheduled trials for the following individuals Thursday:

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