Sentence in Toddler's Death

Chandler, OK – Suspended sentence given in death of Okla toddler

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) A Chandler woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the heat death of a toddler has received a three-year suspended sentence.

Prosecutors charged 21-year-old Jessica Lorene Holmes after 2-year-old Atrinity Hasbell died when she was left in a hot minivan on May 25, 2010. The temperature was around 90 that day.

The toddler's mother says Holmes, who was her roommate, was to have dropped Atrinity off at a Meeker day care when Holmes left her two sons there. But when the women returned to pick up their children, Atrinity wasn't at the day care and the women found her in the van.

The Shawnee News-Star reports Lincoln County District Judge Cindy Ashwood sentenced Holmes after prosecutors agreed to the suspended sentence. Records show Atrinity's family consented to the sentence.


Information from: The Shawnee News-Star,

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