Logan mother gets up to 15 years for drugging kids

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A northern Utah woman has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for drugging her two daughters with antidepressants and trying to cut their wrists with a box cutter.Reggie Ann Peck, 36, pleaded guilty in June to felony counts of inflicting serious harm on a child and administering a substance surreptitiously.Court records show 2nd District Judge David Hamilton sentenced Peck to concurrent terms of one to 15 years at a hearing Wednesday in Farmington. Hamilton also ordered Peck to pay $3,300 in restitution, court fees and fines.A message left for defense attorney Todd Utzinger was not immediately returned.The Logan mother was arrested last August after police found her locked in a car with her two toddler daughters on a South Weber road.Authorities say Peck had given the children prescription medications and tried to cut one child’s wrist, although the wound was only superficial.Court records show that when police approached the car, Peck refused to unlock the door, grabbed one of the girls and then held the box cutter to her own throat while she begged police to shoot her. Deputies broke the car’s windows to rescue the children.In January 2010, Peck had also agreed to a plea in abeyance in a Cache County case also stemming from allegations that Peck had drugged her kids. Authorities said Peck had put the antidepressant drug Trazodone in the children’s bottles and charged her with administering a substance surreptitiously, assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child.The plea meant the charge would be erased from her record if she complied with the terms of the plea deal. As part of the agreement, Peck was ordered to participate in counseling through a mental health court program.Utzinger has said Peck’s daughters are in the custody of their father, Kevin Scott Peck, and doing well. Court records show the couple divorced in November.

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