When Crusoe’s case was called, Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan announced that there was a plea agreement which reduced the child endangerment charge to child neglect in exchange for a guilty plea to both child neglect and reckless driving. Morgan told the court that on April 3 Officer Gladding in the Parksley area observed the defendant driving in excess of 80 mph, and that her speed at one point exceeded 100 miles an hour with her then slowing to approximately 70 in a 45 miles an hour before he was able to make the stop. Once stopped, Gladding reported that he observed a 6 year old child in a woman’s lap in the passenger front seat with no seat-belt restraint on the child.
Crusoe, testified that she had no criminal record of any type and was on her way from New York to her home in Newport News with 2 cousins and the mother of the child in the automobile when passing through Accomack County.
Judge Lewis accepted the plea agreement but explained to the defendant that she was accountable because she was the captain of the ship. Lewis then sentenced the defendant on the child neglect charge to 3 months with all suspended but 6 days, on the reckless driving he also sentenced her to 3 months suspending it all but 6 days. In addition the defendant’s driving privileges were suspended for 60 days. A $250 fine was also imposed with the defendant being instructed to report before 5 o’clock Friday to begin her sentence of 12 days.