Mom sentenced to 1 year, 9 months in baby's death

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 04 2014 11:13:17 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 04 2014 12:25:07 PM EST
Tara Carter sentenced

Tara Carter is sentenced in the death of her 4-month-old daughter.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A woman who pleaded guilty to child neglect in the 2011 death of her 4-month-old daughter was sentenced Tuesday to a year and nine months in prison and five years of probation.

Tara Carter pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in August. Investigators said she removed her daughter Sandra's oxygen tube to give her a bath, something she said doctors told her was OK. But doctors told the Department of Children and Families the mask should have never been taken off.

"I was giving her CPR right there, giving her CPR, looking for my phone," Carter said in January 2011.

Months later, prosecutors charged Carter with manslaughter and later offered her the plea deal.

Carter was facing up to 15 years in prison.

After her daughter's death, Carter had four other children removed by DCF.

She failed to show up on time for her sentencing hearing last week, so the hearing was moved to Tuesday.

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