A Rockford woman accused of killing her newborn baby with her cocaine use takes a plea deal. Tina LaMonica pleaded guilty to only involuntary manslaughter. Soon after the deal was hammered out in court, LaMonica collapsed.
"Let's have her sit down here," says Judge Ronald White as LaMonica is being lead from the courtroom. "Let the record reflect Ms. LaMonica has fainted."
This caused a slight delay in finishing the proceeding but by then the plea deal was finished. Prosecutors say LaMonica's baby died in January of 2012 after she checked into an area hospital. The hospital had put her in a high-risk maternity ward and advised her she to stay there until the baby came to keep it safe. Against doctors advice LaMonica checked herself out. She gave birth to a baby girl a few days later. Her baby lived for seven days before dying of inoperable internal injuries caused from maternal cocaine use.
LaMonica agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter to avoid a first degree murder charge. Part of the plea allows the judge to determine her sentence. She could get anywhere from probation to three to 14 years in prison. LaMonica will have a sentence hearing on September 20th at 9 a.m.
A Rockford mother will be sentenced for her role in the death of her own baby. Tina LaMonica pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
LaMonica was arrested in June of 2012. Police say she did cocaine while she was pregnant and her baby died because of it when it was only seven days old. An autopsy on the newborn revealed the cause of death was premature birth and maternal cocaine use.
LaMonica was charged with first degree murder. By admitting to involuntary manslaughter she could be sentenced to anywhere from three to 14 years in prison and probation.