Florida mom gets 10 years in son’s fatal beating

Posted: April 23, 2011 by The STR in NEWS & LOCAL NEWS
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LAKELAND — A central Florida woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for failing to protect her toddler son from a fatal beating.

As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors, 34-year-old Ina Brown pleaded no contest Friday to aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated neglect of a child. She also agreed to testify against her husband, Marcus Brown.

The stepfather has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities say Marcus Brown repeatedly beat 2-year-old Deondray Ashe with a belt during potty training. Rescue workers responded to the Lakeland home in June 2010 and found the boy dead.

Ina Brown acknowledged that she had hit the boy in the past but not the day he died.

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