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Sentencing set for mom who fell asleep and suffocated baby

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 15:34:25-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An April 7 sentencing is scheduled for a southeast Nebraska woman accused of smothering her 3-week-old son after she fell asleep drunk.

Lancaster County District Court records say Ashley Bean, 37, pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony child abuse.

Authorities said deputies and medics were called to her rural Waverly home on Dec. 17, 2017. The boy was taken to a Lincoln hospital and then transferred to an Omaha hospital, where he died later that day. An autopsy determined he died of asphyxia stemming from suffocation and overlay.

A prosecutors said at Tuesday’s hearing that Bean fell asleep while breastfeeding her infant son, Axel Arizola. Her blood tested out later the same morning at more than twice the legal limit.