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Va. woman pleads guilty in daughter's suffocation

Wednesday - 2/8/2012, 11:41am  ET

CHESTERFIELD, Va. - A Chesterfield County woman who used pillows and a blanket to muffle her crying infant daughter has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and felony child neglect.

Twenty-five-year-old Robin Imani Varner entered the plea Tuesday in Chesterfield Circuit Court in the January 2011 suffocation of 5-month-old Josephina Lee.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/AEYNKo) reports Varner told police she placed several pillows and a blanket over the child, who had been crying for several hours.

Varner initially was charged with second-degree murder.

Sentencing has been set for May 2. Varner faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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