SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A woman charged with the drowning death of her baby pled guilty to child neglect.
Kimberly Dawn Wallace, 38, of Inman was sentenced to 10 years, but is expected to serve a four-year sentence and three years of probation on Wednesday.
An involuntary manslaughter charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.
Deputies say her 9-month-old son, Jaidan Wallace, drowned to death in a bathtub in July 2014. After the drowning, deputies say Kimberly Wallace blamed another child in the home.
Wallace was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol screens and substance abuse counseling. Murray Glenn spokesman with the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said Wallace could be returned to prison to serve more time if she violates the terms of probation.
Wallace pled guilty to a crime that carries more time than involuntary manslaughter. While involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum of five years, child neglect carries up to 10 years, Glenn pointed out.