Kansas Mother Pleads No Contest In Infant's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A southeast Kansas woman will be sentenced Sept. 3 after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 4-month-old son.

Twenty-five-year-old Heather Buckalew of Arma entered the plea Monday in a deal that calls for her to be placed on probation.

Buckalew's attorney said the plea deal grants her probation. And the state won't seek a fine.

The Joplin Globe reports prosecutors said they will seek a 60-day jail sentence as part of Buckalew's probation but the defense can argue for a reduction to 30 days.

Buckalew initially was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Memphis Cash Harvey last August. Court records indicated Buckalew fell asleep after drinking beer. A forensic pathologist ruled the child likely was smothered by his mother while they slept.


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