Mom convicted in toddler’s death gets 4 months in jail

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Rebecca Cotes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A Grand Rapids woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-month-old daughter has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Rebecca Cotes was accused of gross negligence in the death of Hannah Hoag, who suffocated in March 2014 after a tracheal tube slipped out. She was sentenced Monday, three months after trial.

Kent County Judge George Quist says there was no intent to do harm, but he felt some time in jail was appropriate.

Cotes told jurors that Hannah wasn’t connected to a blood-oxygen monitoring device because it was malfunctioning and setting off a false alarm.

There was testimony that Cotes stopped an overnight nursing service. Hannah was adopted.

Prosecutor Christopher Becker said after the verdict that the level of care for Hannah was “not just an accident.”

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  • Mary

    So how much time should a Doctor get for sending a patient home with no treatment for a lung infection that killed the patient the next day? Hospital staffs and Doctors make these mistakes a lot and nothing happens to them, except maybe a lawsuit.

  • Pam Paulson

    My son has a trach an yes monitors are annoying but do false all time. It is awkward to have another person a home care worjer taking care of your child but there is a good reason. Im a RN with michigan and Devos still required it. When i wanted to stop night care as he got older age 2, didnt need care at night, child protection was called in my hospital. So there is little more to story not being said. Cps was out that same day for me, found that it was ok for me not to have night nurse. Age appropriate and if trach came out he still could breath and did show all monitors were hard wired into house outlets and my husbands deaf alarm clock. So id have to have no power for monitors not to work.

    • Rita Hoag

      What’s being reported is not true, There was a lot of evidence that was omitted or withheld by the state from the jury and the public. Becky did not stop nursing services., Hannah’s insurance terminated the end of 2013 and the nursing service stopped evidenced by a letter she received and tried to present

  • B.

    This women had the same Judge as a young lady named latesha clay who was convicted of lurnin robbery from a sex ad & was sentenced 9 years. She is only 15 and has two kids & now this lady kills her child and gets four months? Something has to give & this judge clearly isn’t fair!!