Woman pleads guilty after son's freezing death



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MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old son, who froze to death earlier this year.

The News Herald of Morganton reports Jamie Basinger accepted a plea deal on Monday, the day her trial was scheduled to begin. Prosecutors dropped a felony child abuse charge against Basinger as part of the deal.

A judge gave Basinger a split sentence that includes 36 months of supervised probation and between 19 and 32 months of prison time. Basinger was given credit for the 245 days she's been in custody.

Authorities say Basinger's son, Landyn, was found frozen to death March 15 on the front porch of his home in Morganton. Temperatures that morning were in the 20s with a wind chill.

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Information from: The News Herald, http://www.morganton.com

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