- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman who crashed her SUV after falling asleep while drunk driving - killing one of her children - has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and other charges.

Mattie Spino of Dallesport, Washington, was driving home from a visit to Mount Hood last November when she fell asleep. All five of her children were in the SUV, and the crash killed her 9-year-old daughter.

The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/ENpwQs) that Spino’s blood alcohol level was .15 percent.

At Friday’s court appearance in Portland, public defender Kasia Rutlege said her 32-year-old client has had a lot of trauma in life. Rutledge noted that one of Spino’s sons died after her arrest. The boy was crushed by a boulder while hiking in Washington.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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