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Woman admits to neglect in infant’s death

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

HUNTINGTON – A local woman has pleaded guilty to neglect in connection with the death of her infant son.

Cierra Nicole Jordan, 22, entered the plea Monday before Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell. It convicts her of child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury. The judge sentenced her to 1 to 10 years in prison.

It represented a reduced charge from the initial indictment, child neglect resulting in death. Monday’s plea convicted her of neglect by not providing medical care.

The child, De'Konyae Eugene Randolph, died Jan. 25, 2011, according to the indictment. Authorities say emergency units found the infant unresponsive as they arrived to a medical call at his home in the 1600 block of Artisan Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

Investigators have called the child's death a difficult case. The case leans upon the medical examiner's report, which determined the infant's death a homicide with starvation and dehydration listed as contributing factors.

See a full report from the hearing in Tuesday’s edition of The Herald-Dispatch.

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