A Wichita Falls woman was sentenced to probation for her involvement in the negligent death of a two-month old child yesterday, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News Saturday, Sept. 14. Megan Renee Brown, 35, was the recipient of a four year probation sentence and a $600 fine in a Wichita Falls District Courtroom.
Wichita Falls Police Department officers conducted an investigation into the case which began when they received a call to a home on Jacqueline Street on or about Jan. 2, 2012 based on the fact a child was unresponsive. The 2-month old was rushed to a hospital and subsequently pronounced dead.
Child Protective Services also conducted a parallel investigation into the case. Brown admitted to using methamphetamine within the last week of the child's life. A urine specimen taken from the deceased child's twin brother tested positive for methamphetamine.
WFPD investigators obtained a search warrant for the house and collected bedding from Brown's room. They also discovered a meth pipe in a towel near where the children allegedly slept with their mother.
Brown has no prior criminal record, making her eligible for probation. If she fails to successully complete the four years probation, she still faces the specter of a two year prison sentence. Terms of probation in Wichita Falls usually include breaking no further laws, reporting to a community services officers monthly and paying probation service fees in addition to other conditions.
Brown told WFPD police officers she slept in the same bed with the twins the night before the tragic death.
She pleaded guilty to endangering a child criminal negligence.
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