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Babysitter Gets 12 Years in Death of Toddler

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri woman who allowed the 15-month-old nephew she was babysitting to drown while she was drunk has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 36-year-old Erin Robyn Lottmann of St. Charles County was sentenced Monday. She pleaded guilty to pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lottmann was babysitting John Robert Howard of Warrenton at her home in August 2011 when she took the child swimming. She told authorities she had four shots of whiskey that day. Assistant prosecutor Becky Schaffer said tests showed Lottmann’s blood-alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit for driving.

Lottmann’s 14-year-old daughter found the boy unconscious on the swimming pool deck. Paramedics could not revive him.


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