Sunday, April 21, 2013
Elane Springs, 50, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of one-month-old Tyjahe Springs on 17 September, 2008. Springs had put the baby to bed on the couch at 10.20 pm and used a pillow to keep her from falling off. She then left her there while she did some housework, according to court documents.
When she grew tired from housework, she sat down on the couch for several hours. At about 3:00 am, she got up to use the bathroom and realized she had been sitting on the baby.
Springs was sentenced to two years probation, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office.