BELTON, Mo. -- Last year a Belton woman got the call that change her life. Her daughter was dead, after an accidental overdose. Wednesday night, that woman did something big in honor of Bailey Wages.
“I just miss her.”
It’s a gut wrenching pain that Lisa Benton carries with her every single day. She last saw her daughter in March of 2015 as she was leaving for a sleepover at a friend’s house. A few hours later, she got the call.
“They said they found Bailey and she wasn't breathing. I didn't know what I was walking into,” Benton said.
Bailey accidentally overdosed and by the time Lisa got to the hospital.
“She was already gone.”
Eighteen-year-old Isaac Bobbitt was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to Bailey’s death, but still Lisa has been having a tough time dealing with guilt.
“I'm sorry I couldn't save her. I feel like ultimately I'm her mother and I'm supposed to protect her at the end of the day. I'm sorry I wasn't there," she said.
She couldn’t save her daughter, but Lisa is making sure she can save someone else. She teamed up with Belton police and held an Overdose Awareness Day, to teach teens the warning signs and what they could do to save a life.
“Don't be scared to call 911. It can be too late. I don't ever want to see another child suffer what my child did,” Benton said.
It’s a bittersweet evening for Lisa. She wishes her daughter was here but as she spreads her message, Lisa feels closer to Bailey than ever.
“I hope she would be smiling down on me saying look at my mama go.”
Bodditt will have a trial by jury in November.