Missouri Woman Gets Illinois Prison Time in Son’s Death

Associated Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A Missouri woman has been ordered to spend a quarter century in Illinois prison for killing her infant son in 2012.

Twenty-four-year-old Wallisha Bland of St. Louis was sentenced this week in southwestern Illinois’ Madison County. That’s where she pleaded guilty in December to one count of first-degree murder.

Authorities say Jace Gillespie died at a hospital in October 2012 shortly after emergency responders found him unresponsive in an Alton apartment.

An autopsy showed that the baby died of a skull fracture, and authorities believe Bland threw the infant onto the floor.

She will be required to serve 100 percent of her 25-year term.

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