Mother Gets 20-year Prison Sentence in Toddler's Death

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A DeFuniak Springs mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing her 23-month-old daughter by leaving her alone in a hot truck.

Christina Martin had pleaded no contest to felony aggravated manslaughter.

She told investigators she went inside her Panhandle home last August and fell sleep for almost an hour while her child stayed in the car.

When she woke up and found her daughter still in the truck, she took the girl inside and put her in the bathtub. Martin left her in the tub and went to a neighbor's home to call 911.

She told investigators the neighbor wouldn't let her use the phone, so she drove to get her mother. She left the child alone at home and did not call 911 until she returned.

The child was dead when authorities arrived.

Investigators say drug use may have been involved.

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