Mom Sentenced To Jail, Probation for Daughter's Death

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The mother of a 10-year-old girl found dead in her mid-Michigan home has been sentenced to at least a month behind bars in the case.

The Lansing State Journal reports Kathleen Parker was sentenced Wednesday in Clinton County District Court after pleading no contest to fourth-degree child abuse in August. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

The 47-year-old originally was charged with second-degree child abuse.

The body of her daughter, Vienna Parker, was found in September 2011 in their home in St. Johns. Parker says the child suffered from diabetes and foul play is not suspected in her death.

Kathleen Parker was home when child welfare workers arrived to investigate why the girl hadn't been at school. Vienna had been dead for weeks.

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