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Mother pleads 'no contest' in infant death case

Staff report
A Rockwell mother got a 13 to 16 month suspended sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 7-day-old child.
Amber Revis was charged in December 2008. Authorities said the child who was sleeping in the same bed as two adults was apparently suffocated.
Revis pled no contest to the charge in Rowan County Superior Court Tuesday.
Resident Superior Court Judge John Holshouser Jr. sentenced Revis, including a term of 36 months of supervised probation.
Michael Van Buren, assistant district attorney, said that none of the investigators believed that the child’s death was intentional.
And the medical examiner wasn’t able to give a 100 percent opinion that the child died from an adult rolling over on him.
Van Buren said while accidents happen, the drug usage was the reason officials pursued the case. He said usage of marijuana may have affected her ability decision making and ability to respond.
Revis pled guilty to the misdemeanor marijuana possession and it was included in the sentencing.

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