Fouss sentenced on drug charge

MARIETTA – A former daycare provider in Marietta on Thursday was sentenced to three years community control and 17 days in the county jail by a Washington County Common Pleas Court.

Deidra Fouss, 51, pleaded guilty on March 27 to selling 35 Vicodin pills in October from her home, 722 Fifth St., where she operated a daycare. She was originally charged with a third-degree felony in trafficking in drugs when she was arrested.

Throughout the case, Fouss said she helping a friend who said he was in pain and needed the medication. She reiterated that Thursday and expressed remorse before Judge Randall Burnworth.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” Fouss said. “I was just trying to help somebody. I’ve always been taught to help those who need help.”

According to police, Fouss sold the 35 Vicodin pills to a confidential informant of the Major Crimes Task Force. The sale took place with three children in daycare at the home at the time.

Fouss was $140 for the pills. Recompensation to the Major Crimes Task Force and court costs were included in the sentencing.

Dennis Sipe, Fouss’ attorney, said she was trying to help her friend to help ease his pain.

“A very pleasant lady, who unfortunately simply didn’t appreciate, I think, that helping a friend was going to be a large criminal act,” Sipe said.

As part of her plea agreement, the charges against Fouss were lowered to a fifth-degree felony and a bill of information between the parties was arranged with her spending three years under community control sanctions. A fifth-degree felony carries a maximum of 18 months in jail.

“If you end up violating your community control, the court will end up imposing a prison sentence of 12 months in Marysville,” Burnworth said.

With no prior record, Burnworth and Sipe both said they doubt Fouss will appear in the court system again.

In addition to the jail time, for which she was credited two days already served, Sipe said she has suffered severe economic harm as she has lost her daycare license. She has cooperated with authorities, Sipe said.

“I would agree with the judge and her,” Sipe said. “I will be surprised if she’s back in court. I would be very surprised.”