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Dayton father avoids jail after his 13-year-old son overdoses on drugs

Dayton father avoids jail after his 13-year-old son overdoses on drugs. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) -- A father avoids jail time after his 13-year-old son overdoses on drugs. Robert Wylie faces multiple charges including child endangering. In court, the judge called the list of drugs he uses “mind boggling.”

In a letter to the judge, Wylie’s sister, Penny Jo Bilbrey, asked the court to give him jail time in addition to treatment. Bilbrey said she is upset with the result. Wylie is sentenced to five years of community control, starting with a diversion program.

In court, Wylie said he wants to get on with his life.

“There should never be a day that you get up and think this is all behind me,” Judge Steven Dankof told Wylie.

Last spring his son, Nathan Wylie, died from an accidental overdose. Bilbrey said she sat with the 13-year-old as he lay in a hospital bed, and doctors tested him for brain activity.

“And those big brown eyes didn’t move,” Bilbrey said as tears ran down her face.

Nathan Wylie died on April 1, 2017. Bilbrey told the judge, she doesn’t believe Wylie has ever been held accountable for his actions, nor does she see remorse. The prosecutor’s office agrees.

“Recovery is going to be difficult for him, and toeing the line is going to be difficult for him, and I anticipate we will see him again in the future,” Lynda Dodd of the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.

If Wylie violates any terms of his sentencing, he could face 8.5 years in prison.

During sentencing Judge Dankof said he sees addiction as a medical condition. The prosecution said they don't see any remorse from Wylie, so they don't anticipate recovery will work.

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