February 7, 2013

Maine woman gets 3 months in baby mauling case

The Associated Press

BELFAST — A Maine woman authorities say was passed out drunk when the family dog mauled her infant daughter to death has been sentenced to three months in jail.

Katrina Mitchell of Frankfort was sentenced Wednesday in Waldo Country Superior Court after pleading no contest in December to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say 7-month-old Annabelle Mitchell was fatally mauled by the family's Rottweiler in April 2011 while Mitchell was drunk and passed out on a couch. The baby's father was not home. The dog was euthanized.

WABI-TV reports that the 31-year-old Mitchell's lawyer said it was in the best interests of his client to get the case wrapped up. She was also sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling.

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