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Mother sentenced to 10 years in baby's drowning

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- A mother who was intoxicated when she drove her SUV into the Fox River has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of her 8-month-old baby, who was strapped in the back seat.

A judge in Winnebago County Thursday also ordered 28-year-old Kayla Westenberger to do 200 hours of community service upon her release. Prosecutors say Westenberger, who was pregnant at the time, drank and smoked marijuana before the vehicle was found submerged in the river near Omro last October. Rescue crews found the baby buckled in the back seat, but were unable to save him.

Westenberger, who now has a baby daughter, was convicted of neglecting a child causing death. WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/n8yXUx) says two other charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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