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Florida woman takes plea deal in baby's co-sleeping death

Genna Aaronson entered the plea Tuesday [Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]
Genna Aaronson entered the plea Tuesday [Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]
Published Aug. 22, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of culpable negligence in the co-sleeping death of her infant son.

The Palm Beach Post reports 33-year-year-old Genna Aaronson entered the plea Tuesday. Court records show she has taken parenting classes, completed 300 hours of community service and followed a mental-health treatment plan. Adjudication has been withheld, meaning Aaronson was not formally convicted. She had been facing a negligent manslaughter charge.

Authorities say 5-week-old Clarke Jacob Aaronson died in January 2018 while sharing a bed with his mother at their Wellington home. Genna Aaronson's husband had fallen asleep watching television with their older child and found the infant unresponsive when he went to check on Aaronson and the baby. Marijuana paraphernalia was found nearby, but neither parent faced drug-related charges.

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