Neighbor Charged with Teen’s Drug Overdose

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BELTON, Mo. -- Cass County Prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old Belton woman with selling the drugs that led to the death of a 16-year-old girl. Glenda Stevens faces involuntary manslaughter and distribution of a controlled substance in connection with the July 27 death of Amber Cannon.

Grandview police say Stevens sold 10 tablets of Xanax to Cannon for $40.  A few hours later, investigators say Amber overdosed at the Rodeway Inn Motel in Grandview where she was partying with friends.

Cannon's mother, Sonya Strawn, says she once considered Stevens a friend and even called her the day Amber died.

"She cried with me saying, 'Oh Sonya, no, no, no,' then I found out the next day the detectives had put her on a 20-hour hold," Strawn said.

Strawn says she misses her daughter terribly but admits her daughter bears accountability with Stevens for her own death.

"You have to hold both people accountable," Strawn said. "Amber for going and getting it and taking it, Glenda for selling it to her, so you know the only bad part is Amber, she passed away from hers and Glenda got an extra 10 months to be with her family that Amber lost out on."

Stevens is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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