Archive

Woman who threw newborn away sentenced to prison

MUPRHYSBORO — A Southern Illinois woman who threw her baby away after giving birth at a party has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports the Jackson County State's Attorney's office announced Friday that 25-year-old Casey Parnell of Du Quoin had been sentenced. She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March.

Parnell was arrested in December after authorities learned she had thrown the baby away at a January 2011 house party in Carbondale.

When she pleaded guilty, she explained crack cocaine was present at the party. She said that after she gave birth in a bathroom she believed the baby was dead.

Parnell acknowledged she took no steps to save the baby's life or seek medical attention for the newborn.

___

Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.