A Missouri woman was handed a seven-year suspended sentence and five years probation for smothering her 6-week-old infant in 2015, according to The Kansas City Star.
Whitley Evenson, 21, was sentenced this week after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter stemming from the incident nearly four years ago. She was 17 at the time.
The Star reported that Judge Marco Roldan suspended Evenson’s prison term in favor of probation but also ordered her to be admitted to a local mental health treatment center, to enroll in parenting classes, and finish high school. Evenson, who reportedly has an older daughter, is also forbidden to have any unsupervised contact with her.
Court documents obtained by The Star stipulate that if Everson violates her probation, her prison term will be reinstated.
When police arrived at the scene of the suffocation in 2015, they found Evenson’s lifeless baby on a table. She had suffocated her child to death by putting her hand over the baby’s mouth until the baby stopped breathing, despite telling investigators she had recently fed and changed the baby’s diapers.
Afterward, she ditched town and went into hiding. She was apprehended several months later by U.S. Marshals in Post Falls, Idaho parking lot, according to The Star.
Neither the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, nor Mike Mansur, spokesperson for the Jackson County Prosecutor responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on this case.
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