Criminally Negligent Homicide

An east Alabama woman will not spend time in jail for the death of her infant son, who died last summer after being left in the car. A press release from the Calhoun County District Attorney's office states that Katherine Papke of Anniston pleaded guilty today to a charge of criminally negligent homicide. The Army private originally faced charges of manslaughter and leaving a child unattended. Prosecutors believe that Papke was overwhelmed by work and personal obligations when she drove to work and forgot the four-month-old boy in the back seat of her car on August 9, 2013. According to the District Attorney's Office, instead of spending time behind bars, Papke will participate in a diversionary program. She will also continue serving in the military.


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