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Woman Sentenced In Toddler Son's Meth-Induced Death

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A Washington state woman has been sentenced in the 2012 death of her young son after the child accidentally ingested methamphetamine in her home.

Alyia Iverson, 27, of Spanaway, Washington, was sentenced to 78 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter in a Pierce County court on March 25, KIRO reported.

The charge against Iverson arose from an incident on Dec. 6, 2012, in which her 2-year-old son, Nathan, took a drink of bong water containing methamphetamine at the home where he lived with Iverson.

His mother was reportedly doing drugs with several other people in the home at the time.

Although Iverson noticed Nathan taking a drink of the bong water, she did not call for emergency assistance until 3 a.m. when she discovered that the toddler was not breathing.

When paramedics arrived, they found Nathan stiff with dilated pupils and a body temperature of 104 degrees. They were reportedly unable to insert a breathing tube because his jaw was locked.

The toddler was pronounced dead 15 minutes after help arrived.

An autopsy revealed that he died from methamphetamine poisoning. Medical reports showed that the child had also ingested THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.

Iverson was first arraigned on the manslaughter charge in July 2014, at which time she was ordered to be held on a $250,000 bond, the NY Daily News reported at the time. 

Witnesses to the 2012 incident told police that Iverson frequently smoked meth in front of Nathan and his sister, and that she physically abused the children and did not feed them properly.

The state's Department of Social and Health Services has been monitoring Iverson since 2009, when authorities first received complaints that the woman was mistreating her children, according to the NY Daily News.

The youngsters were removed from her care in 2011, but she managed to regain custody. 

Sources: KIRO, NY Daily News / Photo credit: NY Daily News

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