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Allentown mother drops bid to withdraw plea in child's death

September 10, 2013 9:25:33 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania woman has dropped her bid to withdraw a guilty plea in the beating death of her 5-year-old son last fall.

Twenty-four-year-old Jessica Adams pleaded guilty in July to third-degree murder in the November death of Cashmiere Hill.

She sought to withdraw that plea, saying manslaughter was a more appropriate charge, but was warned by the judge that she risked a first-degree murder conviction at trial.

But The (Easton) Express-Times says the judge and district attorney confirmed in court Tuesday that Adams would go ahead with the plea deal under which she is to be sentenced to a minimum term of no more than 17 years.

Prosecutors said the boy died of multiple blunt force injuries a day after being reported unresponsive in Adams' Allentown apartment.

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com


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