The teen mother of a baby who suffocated has been given 15 years in prison for felony child neglect.
The mother, Savannah Brooke Adams, now 20, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of facilitation of aggravated child neglect. She was given 15 years in the state penitentiary.
She was originally charged with first-degree murder, a charge that carries a life sentence. The baby’s father, Austin Adams, now 20, had his case severed from the case of his wife and will face trial at a later date.
The parents, both teens at the time, were indicted last June for the death of their 1-month-old daughter, Anessa Adams. The child was found not breathing at their apartment on May 10, 2015.
It was learned the baby had slipped between cushions on a sectional sofa where the couple was sleeping. The baby was rushed from their apartment to River Park Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The murder charges were brought against the couple because it is believed they were under the influence of drugs when their daughter slipped between the couch cushions and suffocated. The two have been held under bond since their arrests last summer.