- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

PEARLAND, Texas (AP) - A suburban Houston woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for the drowning deaths earlier this year of her 14-month-old twin daughters.

Barbara Russo pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of criminal negligent homicide for the deaths of her children, Sabrina and Savannah, at their home in Pearland.

Court documents show the girls drowned in a bathtub while Russo was cleaning and playing music in another room.

Police and paramedics responded after she called 911, saying her daughters were unresponsive in the bathtub. The twins were taken by helicopter to a hospital where one of them was pronounced dead. Her sister died a few days later.

Her attorney had described the deaths as a horrible accident.

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