Local & Regional
Wed August 24, 2011
Plea in "Baby in Washer" Case
Bartlesville, OK – Oklahoma woman enters guilty plea in baby's death
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) A Bartlesville woman whose 10-day-old daughter was found dead in a washing machine has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
Lyndsey Fiddler also entered a plea Tuesday to child neglect during an appearance in Washington County District Court. Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison on the manslaughter count and 30 years for child neglect, with 15 of those suspended.
Prosecutors charged Fiddler with first-degree murder in the Nov. 4 death of Maggie Trammel. Fiddler says she put Maggie in a bassinet and doesn't know how the baby got in the machine.
Defense attorney Mark Kane says the murder count would've required prosecutors to show Fiddler maliciously meant to kill Maggie.
District Attorney Kevin Buchanan says Fiddler's ingestion of methamphetamine led to Maggie's death, but her actions weren't intentional.