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Dad pleads guilty to shooting up at Children's

Posted: 11:55 AM, Mar 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-22 12:13:19-04
Dad pleads guilty to shooting up at Children's

CINCINNATI -- The father accused of shooting up heroin in his daughter's hospital room at Cincinnati Children's has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Wesley Landers, 32, was found unresponsive, in his daughter's hospital room in January, according to Cincinnati Police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy.

For more background, watch the video in the player below.

According to court records, Wesley Landers had a handgun and three syringes used for heroin in his pockets.

Landers' wife, 31-year-old MaryAnn Landers, was found unresponsive in her child's room at about 11:34 a.m.; she was dead of an apparent heroin overdose by the time she was found, Hardy said.

Wesley Landers was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment and later booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of carrying concealed weapons, possession of drugs, having weapons while under disability and possessing drug abuse instruments.

MaryAnn and Wesley are from Trinity, Alabama, and have two daughters together. 

Their youngest, now 9 months old, was born with an airway far too small, the Landers shared on Facebook and their family pastor confirmed. She was being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in January. The girl's double-stage laryngotracheal reconstruction was a success, her doctors said.

Both girls are now in the care of their grandparents, according to Chief Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force. Watch more in the video below.

During the preliminary hearing, Judge Curt Kissinger said, "If the heroin epidemic has exhibited itself in a more tragic form, I haven't seen it."

In regards to carrying the firearm into the hospital, Landers' attorney, Christopher Kaspal, said in court Friday, "There was no harm intended with it."

Landers initially entered a not guilty plea to the charges.

On March 8, Landers withdrew his not guilty plea and entered a guilty plea to one count each of heroin possession, a fifth degree felony, and carrying concealed weapons, a fourth degree felony.

Both charges carry a minimum sentence of six months; the latter has a maximum sentence of 18 months, the former 12 months.

Landers will be sentenced Thursday at 9 a.m.

Evan Millward, Jason Law and Ashley Zilka contributed to this report.