A Woods Road woman charged with leaving her 3 year old son home alone on July 24 when she wrecked her car on I-475 had been arrested for three DUIs in the past three years, a Reporter investigation has learned.
District attorney Jonathan Adams said Erin Beall, 43, had been arrested for DUI in Monroe County on Sept. 12, 2018 and had two DUI arrests in Bibb County, one in June 2017 and another in July 2017.
Beall had served 60 days in jail for the DUI in Monroe County, and also did 30 hours of community service and had to go to DUI school, said Adams. However Adams said they did allow her to plea nolle prosse which means the charges were basically dropped. He said that often is allowed when a defendant has similar charges in other counties, as Beall did. Adams said Beall was allowed to plea to a lesser charge of DUI-less safe for her Bibb County charges.
But Adams said Beall will likely face a stricter punishment this time. A neighbor found her son naked at the end of the driveway almost in the road. Beall was found at the home later but had wrecked her car on I-475. Adams said felony cruelty to children charges carry a prison sentence of 1-10 years.
“If she hasn’t taken the opportunity for recovery [in her past convictions], we may have to force her to to ensure she’s safe and for the safety of others around her,” said Adams. “She could face some significant time.”
The family is no stranger to tragedy. Beall’s brother and husband, James Pittman Wood and Russell Jacobs, were killed at the home back in 2013.