BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- (KFOR) -- 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.