- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 24-year-old woman found guilty but suffering from mental illness in the death of her 3-month-old daughter in Billings has been sentenced to 40 years in the Montana State Hospital.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Zb44P3 ) Amanda Rose Steffen was sentenced Wednesday on several charges, including negligent homicide in the 2012 death of her baby, who had a fractured skull and showed signs of dehydration when she died.

Steffen admitted hitting her daughter in the head and blocking the baby’s airway on multiple occasions. She turned herself in to authorities in California in April 2014.

Steffen, who was diagnosed with several mental disorders, will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years of her sentence.

Steffen’s husband, Jeffery Fox, has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and is awaiting sentencing. A plea agreement recommends a 20-year term.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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