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Kansas woman admits to smothering child

A woman in Kansas has pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of her 4-month-old child. The 25-year-old woman is escaping the charges with a short prison term and probation. She will not even be required to pay a fine as a term of the agreement, according to her attorneys. The woman is looking at a 30- to 60-day stint in jail followed by an unspecified period of probation.

Authorities report the woman was facing second-degree murder charges in connection with the incident. The child's death had first been considered an accident, but a forensic professional ruled that the death was intentional rather than caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In other words, it is possible that the mother smothered the baby as she rolled atop him while they were sleeping next to each other.

The woman had reportedly been sleeping on the couch with the little boy when the child perished in his sleep. Official documents indicate the woman was drinking beer before falling asleep, having spent the night socializing with her boyfriend, the father of the baby. The charges in this case were downgraded to manslaughter because the woman did not appear to have malicious intent when the child died. Instead, this was considered unintentional murder, which is easily translated into a manslaughter charge.

The woman herself admits she had several beers before sleeping with her son on the couch that night.

This woman clearly was not a malicious murderer; rather, she made a poor decision that led to the death of her baby. Fortunately, she was able to solicit the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney to help her avoid the more serious murder charges that had been initially presented. This attorney helped her obtain a satisfactory plea deal so that the criminal charges will not ruin her future. If you are facing similar charges, contact an experienced attorney for help today.

Source:, "Kansas mother pleads no contest in infant's death" Jeff Lehr, Jul. 29, 2013

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