Apr 25, 2011
A Florida Keys mom was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday after she pleaded guilty to starving her child to death, the Miami Herald reports.
Amy Stephenson, 30, had been previously sentenced to 25 years behind bars for the crime, but the ruling was tossed out and now the mother of two had the sentence sliced in half.
According to prosecutors, Stephenson refused to feed her 13-month-old daughter Jasmine, who died in 2006. The little girl was the Key largo woman's third child and was born premature with a myriad of medical issues.
Jasmine died of chronic malnutrition according to the Monroe County Medical Examiner and weighed just under seven pounds.
Stephenson was originally found guilty of manslaughter in 2008, but the verdict was tossed out after an appellate court ruled a prosecutor's question about abortion may have prejudiced the jury.http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Mom-Gets-13-Yerars-For-Starving-Baby-to-Death-120636319.html