GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Although a Kent County jury convicted Rebecca Joy Cotes of involuntary manslaughter for the accidental asphyxiation death of her special needs daughter, the circumstances do not warrant prison.
That was the determination of Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Jay Quist, who on Monday sentenced the 37-year-old Wyoming mother to 4½ months in jail.
A Kent County jury convicted Cotes in the March 2014 death of 18-month-old Hannah Hoag, who died after her breathing tube became dislodged as the child slept.
Hoag was a niece Cotes adopted in 2013. She moved from northern Michigan to the Grand Rapids area where the child could receive better medical attention, the woman's attorney said.