11-Month-Old Fell Through a Hole in Floor and Drowned in Basement Sewage, as Mom Jailed for 1 Year
The hole was covered only by cardboard
The mother of an 11-month old girl who fell through a hole in the floor of her home and drowned in its sewage-flooded basement has been sentenced to jail.
Tonya Desirae Peterson, 29, the homeowner who was babysitting Ca’mya when she died, also received a prison sentence of anywhere from 17 months to 15 years, the outlets report.
Both women were charged with second-degree child abuse and involuntary manslaughter. Jordan pleaded guilty to the charges while Peterson was convicted by a jury in March.
Peterson was babysitting Ca’mya on July 6 while her mother — who prosecutors said was aware of the danger — was seeing friends, according to the outlets.
When Peterson decided she wanted to watch television, she put a 10-year-old girl in charge of Ca’mya. The 10-year-old was also cooking at the time and when she needed additional light, she opened a door to a bedroom that had a hole in the floor covered only by cardboard, according to prosecutors.
Ca’mya went into the bedroom, fell through the hole and drowned in the sewage in the basement, the outlets report.
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Prosecutors said that fixing the hole would have been easy.
“A 2-by-4 with some nails would have prevented this,” Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Jennifer Tink said, according to the News.
“You will suffer for the rest of your life about this,” a judge told Jordan on Monday, WJBK reports. “But you shall hopefully learn from this and move on, and hopefully be the best mother [you] can be for the children.”