LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP)  A Connecticut woman is facing up to three years in prison for taking her two young nieces on a trip to buy crack cocaine, which triggered a statewide alert about their disappearance.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jennifer Wheeler of Torrington pleaded guilty to felony risk of injury to a minor Wednesday in Litchfield Superior Court. The Republican-American reports the plea deal calls for a prison sentence of up to three years. Sentencing is set for Nov. 22.
Police say Wheeler took her 3- and 5-year-old nieces on a drug run from Torrington to a Waterbury apartment in February, and all three of them stayed overnight. Authorities say Wheeler used crack cocaine while the girls were in another room.

Police issued a Silver Alert for Wheeler and the girls.


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