No prison time for Austintown woman convicted of infant death
An Austintown woman was sentenced Friday for the death of her infant child in 2021.
Ashley Williams, 35, pleaded guilty in April to a reduced charge of reckless homicide.
She was sentenced to two years of probation.
Williams had originally been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in the death of her two-month-old son, Dalvin, in July of 2021.
Williams told police at the time that she had left the child on a pillow in a bassinet while she went upstairs to get changed and that when she came back down, he wasn't breathing.
She later admitted to police that she hadn't seen the child in more than eight hours before discovering him unresponsive.
The coroner ruled that the baby's death was caused by unsafe sleeping conditions.
"I don't go a day without the thought of him or thinking about what I, maybe, could have done different for him to still be here with us," Williams said as she wiped tears from her face in the courtroom.
Along with the probation, the judge also ordered that Williams seek council for mental health. If she doesn't contact a councilor within the next two weeks she will end up back in court and could be sentenced to prison time.