(Aurora, Ind.) - Sentencing has been handed down for an Aurora mother whose baby drowned in a swimming pool.
Erin O’Brien was distracted when her five-month-old son, Kolsyn, drowned in the small, plastic pool outside their home on July 11, 2011. The child had been placed in a Bumbo seat in the pool, but fell over into the water as O’Brien was looking elsewhere.
She was indicted by a Dearborn County in February 2012 on charges of Reckless Homicide and Neglect of a Dependant Resulting in Death.
Tuesday morning in Dearborn Superior Court II, O’Brien pleaded guilty to a charge of Reckless Homicide. The remaining neglect charge as well as a later probation violation charge were dismissed.
Judge Sally A. Blankenship ordered O’Brien, 28, to serve eight years. Six of those years will be on probation. O’Brien was given good time credit for 727 days already served in jail and on in-home incarceration, so she won’t face any further time behind bars.
“This plea is in the best interest of justice,” Dearborn-Ohio Deputy Prosecutor Dan Carraway told the court, noting he had conferred with the county prosecutor and others who agreed with the terms of the plea agreement.
O’Brien also has to receive alcohol and drug abuse assessment and treatment. The judge also ordered her to pay court costs and contribute towards defense attorney fees.
Tuesday’s sentencing had been continued from another hearing last week.