Zanesville mom gets 10 years in prison for death of baby in hot car

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who left her 2-month-old son in a car on one of the hottest days of the year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his death.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports the heat index reached 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius) last Sept. 4 when Samantha Donohoe went inside her Zanesville apartment, leaving her son in the car for more than two hours. An assistant Muskingum County prosecutor says the temperature in the vehicle reached 130 degrees (54 C).

The 27-year-old Donohoe was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. She originally was charged with murder.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with Donohoe’s attorney.

Donohoe’s 1-month-old daughter died in 2017 from asphyxiation while asleep on a couch with her.

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