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Du Quoin woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of baby

Casey M. Parnell (Source: MCHSI) Casey M. Parnell (Source: MCHSI)

A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her baby.

The State's Attorney for Jackson County Michael C. Carr announced Friday that Casey M. Parnell, 25, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday in a case related to the birth of her baby.

In addition, Parnell has to serve a term of one year mandatory supervised release and must undergo alcohol and drug counseling.

At Parnell's plea in March of 2013, she admitted that she gave birth to her baby into a toilet at a crack cocaine party and thought it was dead.

The baby was taken out of the water and Parnell allegedly didn't try to save the baby or try to get it any medical help which lead to the baby's death.

The baby died of hypoxia-asphyxiation, according to a forensic pathologist, which was caused by the baby being wrapped in a towel and put in a garbage bag.

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