Mother gets 35 years for child's death

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Jack Weaver sentenced Jennifer Naomi Bowden to 35 years in prison last Thursday for the death of her child in 2016. Bowden previously pled guilty to one count of reckless manslaughter, a Class B felony, for leaving her child in a hot vehicle for many hours. The child died of hyperthermia.

She was indicted in September 2016 on one count of reckless manslaughter. She was originally arrested in April 2016 after an officer responded to the area of Monroe County Hospital after receiving a complaint of a vehicle speeding on South Alabama Avenue.

The officer located...

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