Judge Deems New Bern Mom "Danger To Society"

By: Alize Proisy / Carly Swain
By: Alize Proisy / Carly Swain

A Craven County mom went before a judge Wednesday morning, seeking a lower bond on a charge that she killed her own daughter in a wreck while under the influence of prescription drugs.

Amber Sandvig was arrested in April, nearly two months after the fatal wreck.

State troopers said the mother was driving along Brices Creek Road with her six-year-old daughter, Alana, and two-year-old son in the vehicle.

Investigators said the mother wrecked the vehicle, and Alana was killed in that wreck.

Sandvig and her two-year-old son, Blaze, were also injured.

After lab results came back, investigators said oxycodone was found in Sandvig's system. In addition, the district attorney said drug paraphernalia was found in her vehicle.

Troopers charged the then 24-year-old mom with felony death by motor vehicle, three counts of felony serious injury by vehicle and two counts of felony child abuse.

On Wednesday, Sandvig's lawyer told the judge her bond was "excessive," requesting it be lowered to $100,000. The Assistant District Attorney rebutted the argument, saying Sandvig had a prior DWI charge still pending. According to the state, Sandvig's son was injured in that wreck as well.

The judge agreed with the state, saying Sandvig was a danger to the public, and kept her bond at $2 million.

No word yet on when Sandvig is due back in court.

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