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Woman, 21, sentenced to 5 years in prison for infant's death

Melissa Garcia-Rivera (Source: Benton County Jail) Melissa Garcia-Rivera (Source: Benton County Jail)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A 21-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of an 8-month-old Rogers girl she was babysitting.
    
According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , Melissa Garcia-Rivera admitted in court Monday that she placed 7 pounds of pillows and blankets on top of 8-month-old Maisy Lane Hummer, which caused her death.
    
A probable cause affidavit says Garcia-Rivera told authorities that she placed Maisy in a toddler bed and put the pillows and blankets on top of her. The affidavit says the baby wasn't breathing when Garcia-Rivera checked on her an hour later.
    
Garcia-Rivera said in court that she didn't intend to harm the baby, and she apologized to the girl's parents.
    
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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com

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