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Woman Accused In Baby's Drowning Withdraws Guilty Plea
http://www.wlky.com/news/29118729/detail.html ^ | 9/8/2011 | Marissa Alter/WLKY

Posted on 09/08/2011 6:26:35 PM PDT by Morgana

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Jeffersontown mother accused in her baby's drowning death withdrew her guilty plea after the judge denied the sentencing agreement.

Geneva Walters, 25, came to court expecting to be sentenced to a punishment she agreed to. Instead, she's now facing a trial.

Michael Xavier Cowherd was 8 months old when he drowned. Police charged Walters, his mother, with second-degree manslaughter and wanton endangerment.

They said she gave Xavier a night-time medicine meant for adults before his bath, then left him alone in the tub.

Walters took a deal and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and wanton endangerment. The commonwealth recommended five years probation plus 60 days in jail.

But in court Thursday, Judge Olu Stevens denied that agreement.

"This court cannot in good conscious grant a motion for probation, not where there's been a loss of life," Stevens said.

The judge imposed the maximum sentence -- five years behind bars. The decision came after Xavier's paternal grandmother, Latosha Cowherd, spoke.

"I just wanted to note that he was just beginning to come into his own and that as a family, we are missing him terribly," said Cowherd.

(Excerpt) Read more at wlky.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: baby; death; drowning; mother; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 09/08/2011 6:26:46 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Spay her.


2 posted on 09/08/2011 6:32:18 PM PDT by tal hajus ("Thank you sir. May I have another?" GOP)
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To: Morgana
Give her a break! She was just confused about the legal cut off date for a late term elective abortion./SARCASM//
3 posted on 09/08/2011 6:44:16 PM PDT by sarasmom ( A Fine is a Tax for doing wrong. A Tax is a Fine for doing well.)
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To: Morgana

I think she blew the deal when she sauntered into the courtroom dressed like she was doing her laundry.


4 posted on 09/08/2011 7:14:25 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Morgana

The state was ready to settle for 5 years probation and 60 days in jail for (imo) negligent homicide? Good call by the judge to not allow that to stand.


5 posted on 09/08/2011 7:20:09 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Krankor

I think she blew the deal when she sauntered into the courtroom dressed like she was doing her laundry.

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Or perhaps it was the sullen, put-upon sneer she had on her face as she walked into the courtroom believing she was getting away with murder with barely a slap on the wrist. Not a hint of remorse that I could see, no shocked look of surprise that she was expecting to ‘get away’ with the death of her child so easy. I didn’t even see the sneer change when the judge, rather incredulously, said he couldn’t grant the requested arrangement because loss of life was involved.

As to the ‘laundry day’ attire - you’d think a parent would try to wear sack cloth and ash because of their inward emotional state or, if the parent doesn’t care how their actions cost the life of their child, that her attorney would have made her wear something reflecting mourning tragedy.


6 posted on 09/08/2011 7:39:38 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Morgana

I am so sick of how lenient this country is on female murderers. Why do they get such light sentences compared to men for wicked, evil murders.

Because they can cry and look sorrowful and have people buy this bullsh1t? Dammit.


7 posted on 09/08/2011 8:10:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ransomnote

I can’t believe how incredibly stupid this woman is. I don’t care what the deal was beforehand. She shoulda dyed her hair one color, took that crap out of her face and bought a nice black dress. I don’t know what the judge was thinking, but he might have been undecided about the deal before he went into the courtroom. Seeing her attitude and the way she was dressed might have pushed him over the edge. A couple of months ago, I had to serve jury duty in criminal court in a bad neighborhood. They brought us into the courtroom and, before they began the voire dire, the judge introduced all the attorneys and the defendant. The attorneys each stood, nodded towards the prospective jurors and said, “Good morning.” The defendant, a black man in his early 20’s dressed very conservatively in a blue shirt and tie with short, well groomed hair, stood up, nodded politely and greeted us, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.” I watched him throughout the entire voire dire process and he sat ramrod straight, listening intently to the judge ask each prospective juror the same questions over and over again. Now, I’m not stupid. I knew the guy could be a vicious psychopath but, despite myself, I was very impressed with him- and I bet the other jurors were, as well. I gotta believe it doesn’t hurt to have the jurors more or less on your side when the trial begins.


8 posted on 09/08/2011 8:34:41 PM PDT by Krankor
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