Mom pulls son's feeding tube, gets 12 years in prison

By The Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for neglect in the death of her infant son whose feeding tube was removed.

Tabetha Smith's 3-month-old son died of severe hydration in March 2018. She told police that he was born with serious health problems, including Down syndrome and heart defects.

He was released from a hospital with a feeding tube, but Smith said she began bottle-feeding the baby due to "continued congestion" and believed he was "doing well."

The Tribune-Star says the 39-year-old Smith appeared in court Monday in Vigo County.

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