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Woman sentenced in smothering try

on September 06, 2013 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A West Virginia woman was sentenced to between nine and 22 months in jail on charges that she tried to smother her infant son at a Pittsburgh hospital.

Authorities said Rachel Nelson, 23, of Costa, tried to kill her 4-month-old son in October 2012, while he was being treated at Children’s Hospital. Her sentence also includes five years of probation and no contact with any minor children.

Nelson first told investigators that she blacked out during incidents involving the child but eventually acknowledged she would hold the boy against her chest and hold him tighter when he struggled for air.

The boy recovered and is living in West Virginia with his father.

Defense attorney Tricia Beth Henning said Nelson has significant mental health issues.

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