Missouri Mother Pleads Guilty to Fire That Killed Son
IBERIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri woman pleaded guilty to killing her 7-month-old son by setting his blanket on fire.
Christina L. White entered the plea Thursday to second-degree murder, first-degree arson and endangering the welfare of a child.
She had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree arson and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors say White set fire to a blanket wrapped around her son, Wayne Anderson Jr., in July 11, 2007, at a home in Iberia. The boy died 20 days later.
The Lake Sun Leader reports (http://bit.ly/KhWe06 ) White told police she set the fire because of extreme stress.
Under the plea agreement, White faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years or life in prison with another seven years for child endangerment.