A Tennessee woman pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated child neglect in the case regarding the death of her 17-month-old daughter.
Although the woman, 22-year-old Neena Costanza, was not physically involved in the incident that led to the death of her daughter Eloise, prosecutors claimed that she could have prevented the child’s death. In response to Costanza’s guilty plea, the woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison, WSMV reports.
According to police, the child was beaten to death by Costanzas boyfriend Jacob Hughes while Costanza was working at a Sonic restaurant in Bellevue, Tennessee, an unincorporated area of Nashville. During her shift, Costanza received multiple photos via text message form Hughes, which depicted Eloise with bruises and a serious head injury. Costanza reportedly contacted 911, but Eloise ultimately died the next day from a skull fracture.
According to The Tennessean, Costanza accepted a plea deal to serve 30 percent of her sentence, so she may be free on parole within six years.
Hughes, who has been in jail for nearly two years in connection with the murder, currently awaits a trial scheduled to begin June 16.