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Woman charged after Omaha drowning death sentenced to probation

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 16:11:36-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman charged after the Omaha drowning death of her infant great-granddaughter has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Court records say 63-year-old Sandra Laravie pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted negligent child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors had reduced the charge in exchange for her plea.

Laravie was accused of leaving 4-month-old Zavara Taylor unattended in a bathtub on Aug. 22, 2018. When Laravie returned to the bathroom, Zavara was unresponsive.

Authorities say she'd slipped from a hammock-like bath seat, was underwater and covered with a brown mat that had slipped into the tub.