Mother Convicted in Death of Son

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky woman with a history of neglecting her son has been convicted of manslaughter in connection with the four-year-old boy's drowning.

A Pike County jury on Monday found 39-year-old Rhonda Justice guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the July 2005 death of her son, Joshua Justice. Her sentencing was scheduled for August 31st.

Prosecutors say the boy drowned in a neighbor's swimming pool after roaming around his neighborhood for at least five hours.

Defense attorney Robbie Wright in his closing argument called his client a "young, naive, immature mother."


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