A New Mexico woman who smothered her 7-month-old daughter to death was sentenced to 21 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
On Wednesday, 35-year-old Annette Smith pleaded guilty to six counts of child abuse and tampering with evidence.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a charge of intentional child abuse resulting in death, which carries a life sentence.
Last summer, Smith was arrested after her 7-month-old daughter, Shanie Boddie Smith, was found unresponsive at her apartment.
The child was transported to Memorial Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
According to her police statement, Smith had kept the girl under a pile of thick blankets to muffle her crying for most of the previous day.
Medical examiners determined the infant died of overheating and ruled the death a homicide.
Smith faced 30 years after pleading guilty to the reduced charges but Judge Fernando Macias suspended nine years of her sentence.
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