Jan 22, 2020 9:23 PM

Woman gets probation in drowning of great-granddaughter

Posted Jan 22, 2020 9:23 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A woman charged after the Omaha drowning death of her infant great-granddaughter has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Court records say 63-year-old Sandra Laravie pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted negligent child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors had reduced the charge in exchange for her plea.

Laravie was accused of leaving 4-month-old Zavara Taylor unattended in a bathtub on Aug. 22, 2018. When Laravie returned to the bathroom, Zavara was unresponsive.

She'd slipped from a hammock-like bath seat, was underwater and covered with a brown mat that had slipped into the tub, authorities said.

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Jan 22, 2020 9:23 PM
Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child
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OLATHE, KAN. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy.

Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's office said.

She and her boyfriend, John Carter, 36, were charged after the child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in December 2018. Doctors reported he was bruised and malnourished from starvation, prosecutors said. The hospital staff said the boy had lost 10 pounds since he was taken to the hospital in September 2018. The child was taken into protective custody.

As part of the plea agreement, battery and endangerment charges were dismissed.

Carter has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and endangerment. His case is pending in district court.

Francis will be sentenced March 9.