Posted: May 12, 2013 1:49 PM by Associated Press
IRONTON, Mo. - A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to five years of probation in an infant's 2009 death at her home babysitting business.
A judge suspended a seven-year prison sentence for Martha Farris, meaning the Pilot Knob woman will not have to spend time behind bars or have a record in the case if she completes the probation.
Farris entered an Alford plea in February to first-degree involuntary manslaughter in 3-month-old Sam Pratt's death. The plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a conviction.
Attorney General Chris Koster says Farris told investigators she swung the baby, "plunked" him down hard on a couch and elbowed him in the head.
The case prompted legislation limiting Missouri child care centers from operating while charges are pending.