Missouri woman sentenced in girl's pacifier death
02/07/2014 8:20 AM
02/07/2014 8:33 AM
A mid-Missouri woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after an infant girl died when a pacifier obstructed her airway.
Treschell Kemp, 25, of Boonville was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in Cooper County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that in May 2012 Kemp shoved a pacifier into the infant's mouth, obstructing her airway and causing her death by asphyxiation.
Kemp was arrested in November 2012 and was originally charged with second-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and child abuse.
Authorities never publicly identified the infant, who was not related to Kemp.
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