The grandmother who was pictured in police photos passed out in an SUV from an apparent heroin overdose while her 4-year-old grandson sat in the back seatwas sentenced to 180 days in jail Wednesday, NBC News reported.
Rhonda Pasek pleaded no contest to charges of endangering a child, public intoxication and a seat belt violation. She was sent back to the Columbiana County jail, according to Gisele Stevenson, a deputy municipal court clerk in East Liverpool.
It was the latest setback for 50-year-old Pasek, who lives in West Virginia, across the Ohio River from East Liverpool. According to her sister, she has struggled with substance abuse addiction for many years.
Several days after Pasek was arrested on Sept. 7, custody of the boy was awarded to his great aunt and great uncle, who live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, officials said.