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Drug results may influence sentence term for Tulsa woman

BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World Published: July 11, 2009
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/> A prosecutor filed a document in Tulsa County Juvenile Court this week asserting that Linzy Earles violated her probation by testing positive for benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines act as tranquilizers and are commonly used in treating anxiety or insomnia. Among other drugs, Valium and Xanax are types of benzodiazepines.

At a court review Thursday, Special Judge Terry Bitting indicated that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent the need to remove Earles from her home. Another hearing is set for next week.

Earles is on probation for second-degree manslaughter in the death of her infant son.

Prosecutors asserted that in July 2008 Earles left 2-month-old Zane Earles alone with a hungry puppy that fatally injured him at their house in the 2900 block of East 102nd Street.

Earles turned 18 on Oct. 24. Her case is being handled in juvenile court because she was 17 when Zane was killed.

What the court said
When she was put on probation in February, Earles was ordered to attend counseling and therapeutic programs at Family and Children’s Services, submit to random drug testing, and was prohibited from using alcohol or illegal substances.

A probation report dated July 1 states that Earles has been "making good efforts” to visit with the probation department officials regularly "and has been appearing in relatively good shape.”

A May 18 drug test was "negative of all illegal substances,” but another test on June 18 "showed positive for benzodiazepines,” which "may and may not be explained by medication,” that report states.

As a sanction, Earles could be ordered to undergo inpatient drug and alcohol treatment or incarceration, records show.

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