PELLA (AP) — A Pella woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her 13-month-old daughter, who was left in a bathtub and drowned.
Pella police say 28-yearold Anna Nicole Sothman pleaded guilty Friday in Marion County Court to child endangerment causing death following a six week investigation of the death of Elaine Sothman. The conviction includes a penalty of no more than 50 years.
The investigation began after police responded June 20 to a report of an unresponsive child in Pella. She died June 23 at a Des Moines hospital.
An autopsy shows she drowned.
Investigators determined Anna Sothman put Elaine in a bathtub of running water and left her unsupervised for more than 30 minutes.
Anna Sothman was taken to the Marion County jail and will be sentenced later.
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