GREENCASTLE -- A fourth continuance has been granted in the jury trial of a Greencastle woman charged with drugging her two young children.
Amy Marie Otterman (formerly Reed), 28, was arrested in October 2008 and charged with Class C felonies neglect of a dependent (two counts), contributing to the delinquency of a minor (two counts), Class D felony neglect of a dependent and Class B misdemeanor interfering with a drug or alcohol screening test.
On Dec. 4, 2008, a jury trial in the case was set for April 8, 2009. The trial was then continued to May 27, 2009.
Reed appeared in court on May 7, 2009, and a change of plea hearing was set for June 11, 2009. That hearing was continued twice, once to July 30, 2009 and then to Sept. 28, 2009.
On Oct. 19, 2009, a jury trial in the case was set for Jan. 27. The trial has now been pushed back to April 14.
Reed was arrested as the result of an investigation initiated by the Putnam County Department of Child Services. According to court documents, Reed's then 1-year-old and 3-month old daughters tested positive for methamphetamine, methadone, cocaine and marijuana.
Reed was pregnant at the time of her arrest, and gave birth to her third child last spring. That child is in Reed's care, while the two children involved in the case have been living with family members.
Reed was in jail for several months before being released into an independent outpatient drug rehabilitation program in January 2009. Eventually, she transferred into a local drug treatment program.
Court documents indicate that Reed has been submitting to court-ordered drug testing since her release from jail. She has completed an outpatient drug rehabilitation program.