Mom in baby suffocation case going to prison

A mom who rolled over on and suffocated her infant to death will spend time in prison.

Police said Cassandra Lewis, 20, didn’t intenionally kill the baby in the August 2012 incident. She was charged because of other circumstances and she will go to prison for 21 months.

Lewis pleaded guilty in April to manslaughter in the death of the three-week-old girl.

She was charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and tampering with evidence. All three charges are third degree felonies.

She also pleaded guilty to a tampering charge. In the courtroom in April, Lewis told the judge she has a history of depression. Her attorney said the decision to plead guilty was Lewis’ decision.

Her daughter was found deceased by fire and police personnel when they arrived at Lewis’ Fairborn home Aug. 24, 2012.

Fairborn Police Sgt. Paul Hicks said Lewis rolled over and accidentally suffocated the infant. She discovered the baby was unconscious when she woke up, he said.

In 911 recordings from that day, Lewis can be heard telling a dispatcher that she rolled over on the infant in her sleep.

“I need to be reported,” she said. “My baby’s body is already bruising.” She also tells the dispatcher that the baby was born three weeks premature.

Lewis also has a 2-year-old son who is in the custody of family members.

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