Terre Haute mom gets 12-year prison sentence in death of infant son


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Terre Haute mom will spend the next 12 years in prison for the death of her infant son.

Tabetha Smith was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by another four years of probation Monday during a sentencing hearing.

In April of 2018, Smith was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death after her three-month-old son died from severe dehydration a month earlier.

According to court documents, the infant had several health issues, and was on a feeding tube. Smith removed the tube, and began bottle feeding the baby.

Despite doctors demanding she put the feeding tube back, she never did.

As part of a plea agreement, Smith pleaded guilty in May to neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

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