Mother who 'blacked out' during baby's death gets 13 years

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2017 11:54 AM

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana on the night of her infant son's death is going to prison for 13 years.

A judge imposed the sentence Wednesday on 32-year-old Miranda Hopkins a month after she was convicted of manslaughter in Waldo County Superior Court.

Hopkins initially told police she "blacked out" last January and awoke to find her son, Jaxson, cold and "beat to hell." She told police one of her two autistic sons may have been responsible for the baby's injuries. The baby's cause of death was listed as blunt force head injuries.

The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 30 years.


This story has been corrected to show sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, not Thursday.