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Peoria woman sentenced to six years in infant daughter's death

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The Department of Corrections confirms a Peoria woman has been sentenced to 6 years in prison in the death of her 4 month old daughter. Court documents stated that 33 year old Misty Kocar was intoxicated when she fell asleep on the couch with her child, fatally smothering the infant. But, according to the Peoria Journal Star, her attorney argued that a breath test several hours later was negative. However, the prosecutor countered that after losing custody of two other children, Kocar had been taught in parenting classes to avoid co-sleeping. Last fall a jury acquitted Kocar of involuntary manslaughter, but found her guilty of child endangerment.

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