A BABY drowned in a sewage-filled basement after falling through a hole in the floor that was only covered with cardboard.
Little Ca’mya Davis died in the care of babysitter Tonya Peterson, 29, who was sentenced on Tuesday to up to 15 years in prison.
fox2 Baby Ca’mya Davis pictured with her mother Dasiah Jordan, who was out getting her hair done when the 11-month-old fell through a hole in floor at a house of horrors where they were living
fox2 Ca’mya Davis died after falling through a hole into a sewage-filled basement at this house in Detroit, Michigan
Peterson had been entrusted to care for Ca’mya by the baby’s mum Dasiah Jordan, 26, was out getting her hair done in Detroit, Michigan.
But instead she ordered a 10-year-old girl to look after the little 11-month-old – while she watched TV.
The older girl accidentally left a door open to let light in while she cooked.
That allowed access to the bedroom with the hole in it – which had been covered with flimsy cardboard.
Careless Peterson normally kept the door closed but Ca’mya was able to crawl in before fatally falling into the flooded basement on July 6 last year.
You will suffer for the rest of your life about this but you shall hopefully learn from this and move on, and hopefully be the best mother (you) can be for the childrenJudge Wanda Evans
Peterson must serve a minimum of 17 months behind bars before she can be considered for parole.
Jordan, who lived in a rented room in the house with her little girl, was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse over the harrowing death.
The mum, who had been charged as a habitual offender, was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday as well as four years’ probation.
A judge told Jordan, who also has two other children age 10 and 7, that she hoped she would learn from the tragedy.
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Judge Wanda Evans said: “You will suffer for the rest of your life about this but you shall hopefully learn from this and move on, and hopefully be the best mother (you) can be for the children.”
Prosecutor Jennifer Tink said that despite Peterson claiming to be safety aware, she was happy to let a child sleep in the dangerous bedroom.
Tink added: “A two-by-four with some nails would have prevented this.”
fox2 Dasiah Jordan, 26, was jailed for a year after admitting involuntary manslaughter
fox2 Peterson must serve a minimum of 17 months of her sentence before she can be considered for parole
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