- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors say a woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for a charge stemming from the death of her infant son.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico says 27-year-old Clara Beth Joe was sentenced Thursday in Santa Fe. She pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter for a crime that happened on the Navajo Nation.

In January 2014, law enforcement officers found Joe near a creek in Crystal, New Mexico, not far from the New Mexico-Arizona state line. Authorities say she was heavily intoxicated and suffering from hypothermia.

They found her 13-month-old son nearby. The child had drowned.

Prosecutors say Joe admitted that her intoxication was an important contributing factor in her son’s death.

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