Woman sentenced for failing to help 4-year-old son in fire

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Posted: Jul 23, 2015 11:22 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman who pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge after authorities say she failed to help her 4-year-old son who died in an apartment fire has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1KmxrTP ) Keizer Police Detective Chris Nelson said that 24-year-old Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez could see her son through the flames and had the opportunity to go save him, but didn't.

Nelson said Sosa-Martinez didn't know why she didn't go back in and was panicking.

Detectives later discovered burn marks consistent with marijuana paraphernalia. Sosa-Martinez had claimed that her son started the October fire by knocking over a candle.

The Keizer woman had been on probation for a child neglect case at the time.

She apologized to her family in court Wednesday.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com