Parents sentenced to prison for child neglect
Two Duncan parents were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms for exposing four children to a home littered with drugs and paraphernalia.
Stephens County District Judge Ken Graham issued the formal sentences for Clinton Andrew Chapman, 34, and Kara Dawn Chapman, 33, for felony counts of child neglect after they pleaded guilty in July, court records indicate. The sentences follow the couple’s pre-sentence investigation.
Clinton Andrew Chapman was sentenced to 20 years with Department of Corrections (DOC) with all but the first 10 years suspended, two years of probation through DOC and a $1,500 fine.
Kara Dawn Chapman received 12 years with DOC with all but the first seven years suspended, two years of probation through DOC and a fine of $1,000.
The pair were eligible for up to life in prison.
A prior arrest of Clinton Chapman for drugs led the Sixth District Attorney’s Office to conduct a search warrant of the family home at 2006 W. Oak in Duncan in August 2018.
According to a prior Constitution story, items seized in the search of a bedroom were a set of silver digital scales, a clear plastic baggie containing an off-white crystal-like substances believed to be quartz stone, a baggie containing marijuana and a baggy containing an off-white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, the affidavit states.
An investigator confronted Clinton Chapman’s mother Sheryl about the children being in Kara Chapman’s care while high. According to the affidavit, Sheryl Chapman replied: “She may be high but she still takes good care of the children.”
“The overall view of the house gave the impression it had never been cleaned,” Investigator Rick Lang stated in the court affidavit. “All rooms contained filth and clutter. Sharp objects including needles and edged tools were left in the open.”
Sheryl Chapman was originally charged with child neglect as well but the charge was later dropped.