Pa. mom gets up to 7 years in tot's dresser death

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Posted: Nov 01, 2010 7:56 PM
Pa. mom gets up to 7 years in tot's dresser death

An eastern Pennsylvania woman whose toddler son died in a bedroom accident after she left him unsupervised has been sentenced to 1 1/2 to seven years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Marianella Torres-Matos of Allentown pleaded guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter in the November 2009 death of her 14-month-old son.

Authorities say she left the boy and his 2-year-old sister in an apartment while she ran errands and later found that a 160-pound dresser had toppled onto him. He died later the same day at a hospital.

The defendant wept as she addressed Lehigh County President Judge William Platt through an interpreter Monday.

She said: "I pleaded guilty because I left him alone, but I didn't kill him."