Jamie Basinger
Burke County Sheriff's Office
Harriet Sokmensuer
December 12, 2017 05:33 PM

A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death on an outside porch while she slept inside pleaded guilty on Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge, PEOPLE confirms.

On March 15, Jamie Basinger was asleep, with drugs in her system, as her son, Landyn, was dying outside the home in which she slept, according to a Burke County court official.

Following her plea this week, Basinger was given a split sentence including 36 months of probation and between 19 and 32 months of prison time, according to the Morganton News Herald.

However, she was given credit for having already served 245 days after her arrest and she will only serve additional time if she violates the terms of her probation.

Basinger was also originally charged with felony child abuse in Landyn’s death, but prosecutors dropped that count as part of a plea deal, according to Basinger’s attorney, Frank Webster, as well as the News Herald.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Webster wrote, “[Jamie] has not done well at all since Landyn’s death,” and he called the boy’s death a “tragic accident.”

Basinger was arrested in April after Landyn was found on March 15 having frozen to death on the porch of his home in Morgangton, a Burke County court official tells PEOPLE.

The boy had celebrated his third birthday the day before, the clerk says.

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Landyn Basinger

Local TV station WSOC reports that Basinger told deputies she last saw Landyn when she put him to bed at 10:30 p.m. on March 14. Authorities believe that Landyn then walked out of the house and then tried unsuccessfully to get back in, but Basinger was asleep and did not hear his cries.

Temperatures that night were in the 20s with a wind chill as low as 4 degrees, the court official says.

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Basinger tested positive for several illegal substances including methamphetamine and marijuana, the court clerk says.

“She didn’t hear him. She didn’t hear him leave the room. Didn’t hear him leave the house. Didn’t hear him banging on the door. She was asleep while he was freezing to death,” Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert said, WSOC reports.

Basinger fought back tears as prosecutors read details of Landyn’s death at her sentencing, according to WSOC.

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