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Woman who accidentally smothered baby (Sat on Baby for 2 hours) gets probation
Reuters ^ | 02/08/2011 | Reuters

Posted on 02/08/2011 2:04:37 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

(Reuters) - A Pittsburgh woman was sentenced to two years probation on Tuesday for accidentally sitting on and smothering her infant granddaughter, authorities said.

Elane Springs, 50, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of 1-month-old Tyjahe Springs on September 17, 2008.

Springs said she had been using a pillow to keep the baby from falling off the couch while she did housework, according to court documents.

When she grew tired from housework, she sat down on the couch for several hours before getting up and realizing she had been sitting on the baby, the documents said.

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According to the affidavit supporting the charges, Ms. Springs accidentally sat for several hours on her infant granddaughter, Tyjahe Springs, while caring for her one night in 2008.

Ms. Springs told detectives she laid Tyjahe on a couch so the infant could sleep, then did housework until she became tired and returned to sit next to the baby. When she stood up several hours later to use the bathroom, she realized she had been sitting on the infant, she said.

Instead of calling 911, police said, Ms. Springs, not realizing Tyjahe was lifeless, tried to revive the infant by patting her with water, then dressed her in a T-shirt and placed her in a car-seat on a table. The baby's mother, arriving at the house several hours later, called 911.

When police arrived, Tyjahe was dead. The medical examiner's office ruled that her death was caused by asphyxiation. Ms. Springs was not charged in the case until 2010; police said the delay was due to the length of the district attorney's office investigation.

Ms. Springs appeared in court today in an elegant black hat and a yellow skirt-suit. She did not speak except to answer questions asked by the judge.



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11039/1123918-100.stm#ixzz1DPJK20iM

1 posted on 02/08/2011 2:04:41 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
Crack kills.

Butt crack, that is.

But for serious, now: Judging by the name of the deceased, I just assume drugs were involved. In the naming of the child, that is.

2 posted on 02/08/2011 2:09:28 PM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

She dressed the baby after she realized it was dead instead of calling 9-11..... I would say she was sick of the baby crying and sat on it...


3 posted on 02/08/2011 2:10:43 PM PST by GraceG
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To: I Buried My Guns

4 posted on 02/08/2011 2:11:02 PM PST by Cementjungle
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Probably weighed 500#. Lord have mercy...

Anyone have the picture of the Chihuahua stuck in the crack of the fat woman's butt?

5 posted on 02/08/2011 2:11:22 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: GraceG

Society gives women a pass on killing children. Hell, since Roe V Wade 60 million children have been killed by women.


6 posted on 02/08/2011 2:11:36 PM PST by WaterBoard ("PBR Street Gang this is Almighty, over..")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Something about this story really smells.


7 posted on 02/08/2011 2:13:01 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: GraceG

I agree that her behavior after she supposedly discovered that she has “accidentally” sat on the baby for 2 hours is extremely incriminating.

If she had immediatedly called 911, or attempted CPR and then called 911, I could MAYBE believe this was simply a tragic accident.

But, IMHO, she is either a killer or criminally insane, and in either case should be locked up.

I love how her lawyer used the facts that she was a “high school graduate” and was never in trouble before to get leniency. Sure, as long as you finish 12th grade, you should get one free baby killing. /sarc


8 posted on 02/08/2011 2:16:12 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Outlaw Woman

9 posted on 02/08/2011 2:18:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You don’t accidentally sit on a baby.


10 posted on 02/08/2011 2:21:40 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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Ms. Springs appeared in court today in an elegant black hat and a yellow skirt-suit.

Here she is from her preliminary hearing, sporting a matching skirt and jacket ensemble, and Gucci bag...
11 posted on 02/08/2011 2:21:56 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Video here

http://www.wtae.com/news/24451114/detail.html

(Best viewed by wide screen monotors)


12 posted on 02/08/2011 2:28:12 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Murderess. The family should do the same to her this very night.


13 posted on 02/08/2011 2:42:30 PM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“sat on” my ass


14 posted on 02/08/2011 2:44:14 PM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: Responsibility2nd

“”Ms. Springs appeared in court today in an elegant black hat and a yellow skirt-suit””

Idiots are going to send us to early graves. There’s no black hat - elegant or otherwise - and the attorney has the yellow outfit on. I don’t care what education level the accused had - what level did the writer have?? NONE?


15 posted on 02/08/2011 2:47:34 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Judge Rangos waived the woman's court costs, instead imposing on her 20 hours of community service."

Hope that doesn't include "Baby sitting".

Sorry, couldn't help myself!

16 posted on 02/08/2011 2:51:34 PM PST by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Yep...that would be the one my FRiend.


17 posted on 02/08/2011 2:54:46 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: FixitGuy

lmao! (sorry...couldn’t help myself either)


18 posted on 02/08/2011 2:57:01 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Responsibility2nd

She’s either A) a murderer, or B) too stupid to be allowed to breathe.

Either way...she needs to be offed.


19 posted on 02/08/2011 2:57:08 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: evets
Here she is from her preliminary hearing, sporting a matching skirt and jacket ensemble, and Gucci bag...

Thanks for the pic. I thought she'd be, uh, even wider.

20 posted on 02/08/2011 3:01:01 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Left the baby on the couch! Came back and sat down without checking on said baby! Sat down and noticed a problem three hours later!

Seems to me that animals like her don’t fare well in the grand scheme of survival over time. However, people like this may cause me to overdose on brain bleach before my time. Aaughhh!


21 posted on 02/08/2011 3:07:07 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

Didn’t move from the couch for three+ hours.

Hmmmmmmn.


22 posted on 02/08/2011 3:29:39 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ms. Springs appeared in court today in an elegant black hat and a yellow skirt-suit.

&&&
How very odd to comment on her fashion sense. That reporter must be an idiot.


23 posted on 02/08/2011 3:42:52 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Cementjungle

An innocent little baby died. Do you really think your joke is appropriate?


24 posted on 02/08/2011 3:44:18 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: DJ MacWoW

An innocent little baby died. Do you really think your joke is appropriate?


25 posted on 02/08/2011 3:45:45 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Thank You Rush
If you would pay attention, you would see that the photos are from a preliminary hearing.

But, you busted someone's chops for your mistake.

To quote an un-named genius.."what education level did the writer have?? NONE?"

26 posted on 02/08/2011 4:05:36 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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To: Bigg Red

Someone requested the pic. I had it. And that baby was murdered. No one “accidentally” sits on a child for 2 hours. The little ones is in the arms of God, being loved.


27 posted on 02/08/2011 4:08:18 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is just nuts.
Couldn’t she feel it underneath her?
It was bound to have wiggled a bit. Crazy.
She had to be mentally impaired.
Notice on the video how she was grinning real big and laughing on her way to court?
If that was a whitey, she’d never get out of jail.


28 posted on 02/08/2011 4:14:34 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Uh it says she went to sit down next to the baby...well dag she didn’t realize she wasn’t next to it, but on it?

Something not right about this article...and then pats the baby down and puts a t shirt on it and then puts it in a car seat, AFTER KNOWING IT WAS DEAD AND NOT CALLING 911...

I bet if you or I tried that we wouldn’t get away with it...but this is the age of Obama after all, and I’m sure Eric Holder has her best interests at heart..

And doesn’t it strike anyone else as odd, they describe her ‘elegant’ dress ...cmon!


29 posted on 02/08/2011 4:45:53 PM PST by Freddd
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To: Bigg Red
An innocent little baby died. Do you really think your joke is appropriate?

I can't change what happened, so relax. We joke about lots of things around here, and it doesn't mean we're not sympathetic toward those who may have been hurt.

30 posted on 02/08/2011 4:50:10 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Responsibility2nd

Another case where baby’s life is worth nothing!


31 posted on 02/09/2011 2:56:18 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: USMCPOP
Sat down and noticed a problem three hours later!

READ THIS PART: She left a phone message for her son asking him to tell his sister, the baby's mother, that the baby was dead. About four hours after Springs got up from the couch, her son and the baby's mother arrived and called 911, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

32 posted on 02/09/2011 8:49:07 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Sopater
Something about this story really smells.

Read the whole article at the link.

My 'take' on this is that the baby was the child of BROTHER and SISTER, and Mom thought she was doing them a FAVOR by killing the child.

Since the 'parents' didn't even show up until 4 hours later, it seems they weren't too concerned about it.

33 posted on 02/09/2011 8:55:46 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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