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Day care worker convicted of criminally negligent homicide sentenced to prison

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 19:20:33-04

The day care worker convicted of criminally negligent homicide of a 1-year-old was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. 

The Bell County jury begun deliberations in the sentencing of a woman convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a toddler.

Last year, Jaxson Partridge-Rees died after 28-year-old Courtney Casanas left him in a car seat partially buckled in, court records say.

The jury found her guilty Wednesday and began the penalty phase of the case Thursday morning.

Prosecutors asked for appropriate punishment for a defendant, who “doesn’t get it.”

Police said they responded to the 5300 block of Sydney Harbour Ct. after receiving a call about a child that was not breathing on May 12. 

The caller told officers that the child she was caring for had fallen asleep in his car seat and had been strangled by his safety strap in the home. Other children were in the home when this happened.

After investigating, officers learned that the caller was running an in-home, unlicensed daycare out of her residence. She said she left the child sleeping in his car seat unattended. Police said when she returned to the child, she found him unconscious and not breathing. 

The defense attorney asked for probation or a limited prison sentence for a remorseful woman with only a misdemeanor theft conviction on her record.

"Definitely feel as though It should act as a wake-up call to everyone, not only to daycare providers but for parents for family members who may be watching young children it definitely will make them double check triple check make sure that they are following all the safety procedures and making sure that they're keeping a steady and very accurate look out for the children," said Jeronte Reed, Jaxson's father. 

Casanas will be eligible for parole after just 1 year and 3 months in prison.

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