December 18, 2012

Maine mom pleads no contest in baby's mauling death

The Associated Press

The mother of a baby who was mauled to death by a family dog has pleaded no contest to endangering the welfare of a child.

Thirty-one-year-old Katrina Mitchell of Frankfurt changed her plea to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday. She had been scheduled to go on trial in January.

Police say she was drunk and had passed out the day of the attack. Her 7-month-old daughter Annabelle Mitchell was fatally mauled by the family's Rottweiler in the living room while the mother slept on a sofa.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the plea deal calls for a sentence of one year in jail with all but three months suspended. A prosecutor also has recommended psychological counseling and that Mitchell not be allowed to possess or use alcohol or illegal drugs.

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