Mother Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment for Allowing Minor Daughter to Have Sex

June 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Edna Jeanette Cox

A 49 year old woman who allegedly knowingly allowed her 13 year old daughter to have sex with a 19 year old man in her home last summer was sentenced Tuesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Edna Jeanette Cox appeared before Judge David Patterson and pleaded guilty to child endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation after serving ten days. She must perform fifty hours of community service. She is being considered for judicial diversion probation. Her sentence will begin July 5.

Bryan Thomas Thompson, the man with whom the child was allegedly having sex is under indictment by the grand jury for the statutory rape of the 13 year old girl. He was indicted last November. His case remains pending in court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said the case against Thompson and Cox of Gentry Avenue, Smithville was investigated by criminal detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. Thompson was also wanted in Smith County at the time for a similar offense

According to Sheriff Ray, Cox allowed Thompson to move into her home and to stay in the same room with her daughter, knowing that he and the young girl were having sex. She had even advised them to use protection. Sheriff Ray said Cox was also aware that Thompson was wanted in Smith County for possibly having sex with a minor there. The actions of Cox, according to the warrant, placed her 13 year old daughter in danger.

Sheriff Ray said that Thompson admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with the 13 year old girl on several occasions beginning June 30, 2012 and knew that it was wrong.

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