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Mother pleads guilty in son's overdose death

Posted March 11, 2009

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— A Plain View mother pleaded guilty under an Alford plea in the drug overdose of her 12-year-old son Monday.

In an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty, while maintaining his or her innocence, and admits it is in his or her best interest to take the plea deal, because there is sufficient evidence that could find him or her guilty.

Caleb Wayne Bevil, died April 26, three days after he was found unconscious in his home.

His mother, Tina Maria Lynn, 37, of 10110 Timothy Road, initially refused to allow paramedics to take Caleb to the hospital, telling them that she would care for him. Someone in the home later called 911 and Caleb was taken to  WakeMed in Raleigh, where he died.

An autopsy showed he had ingested a lethal dose of methadone and benzodiazepine.

Lynn was charged with involuntary manslaughter in July and has been incarcerated ever since.

Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Lynn to three years of intensive supervision and ordered her to pay restitution to Caleb's father for her son's funeral costs, and submit to a mental evaluation.

The Department of Social Services took custody of Lynn's three other children after Caleb's death.


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  • familyfour Mar 12, 2009

    Methadone?!?!?! Legally prescribed or from the street?

    I suspect, if this child had been checked on prior to this incident, they would have found probable cause to remove him from the home.

    ...oh, but wait...this is Clinton...the town that has the crack house on 403 right there before the main light....been there for years....I have pumped gas and watch people pass drugs....

    so why am I surprised?

  • manda-panda27537 Mar 12, 2009

    how sad...I just don't understand some mothers...my kids are my life. I hope her other children are in a safe and loving place, and they have peace in their lives now.

  • lorivalentine1 Mar 11, 2009

    What a sweet loving piece of work...Thank god the other children were saved from her.

  • WRALSUCKS Mar 11, 2009

    If THAT isn't the face of misery.

    It should be .

  • bluewind Mar 11, 2009

    unbelievable...praying for these people, and for Caleb's soul. He never had a chance in this world...I believe the next one will welcome him with love and kindness.

  • Adelinthe Mar 11, 2009

    Freak show!

    Her other children are right where they belong. Too bad someone didn't notice all this before one of them had to die.

    Praying for those who truly loved him, cause this broad sure didn't.

    God bless.


  • jetset Mar 11, 2009

    I remember Caleb. He was a nice boy. He surely deserved better in life than this.

  • doinbizzness Mar 11, 2009

    another drug addict raising children....allowing them to do drugs and never thinking of the consequences. pray God may have mercy on her soul because we as a society don't

  • ERRN Mar 11, 2009

    Holy Moly, that woman is 37? Looks like 47!

  • 1Moms_View Mar 11, 2009

    Alan, maybe it's time to get off the bench! Ridiculous penalty for this crime. She deserves to never see the light of day. Instead of making tax payers support her the rest of her life (by paying for prison or supporting her through welfare), stick her in a deserted area with seeds, a hoe, well and bucket. Give her a shack and let her support herself or better yet, give her the death penalty. She doesn't deserve her freedom after killing this child. She didn't even want to get him medical care, probably because she knew she'd be found out.