- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A woman has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-month-old daughter who wasn’t connected to blood-oxygen monitoring equipment as she slept

Rebecca Cotes of Grand Rapids was accused of gross negligence in the death of Hannah Hoag, who suffocated in March after a tracheal tube slipped out. The verdict was announced Friday.

Cotes told jurors that the blood-oxygen device wasn’t used because it was malfunctioning and setting off a false alarm.

There was testimony that Cotes stopped an overnight nursing service. Hannah was adopted.

Cotes hopes to avoid a jail sentence when she returns to court on Nov. 30. Prosecutor Christopher Becker tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1L4d1Qg ) that the level of care for Hannah was “not just an accident.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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