“Drugs seemed to play a large part in many of Plyler’s poor decisions regarding her four children,” DuBoise said. “CPS had been involved with her multiple times prior to the heatstroke incident. The defendant had a prior citation from Weatherford police officers for leaving a child unattended in a car in winter 2008.”
Plyler had previously given birth to a different child that had drugs in his system at birth, Morton said. She was also investigated several times for neglect, abuse or drug use by CPS authorities. Her parental rights to the three oldest children were terminated prior to the July 3, 2011, heatstroke incident with the youngest child.
In a hearing in November 2011, District Judge Graham Quisenberry terminated her parental rights to the victim.
After the sentencing hearing, the victim’s father said that his now ex-wife Plyler, “cared more about herself and drugs than [the victim]. Because of that, [the victim] is forever disabled. It breaks my heart to see what other children [the victim’s age] are able to do now and know that she will never be able to function on her own.”