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She Left Her Disabled Child At Home To Die So She Could Go Party. Now, She Will Never Hurt Another Child Again.

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Source: MEGA; Bay City police

Oct. 17 2022, Published 2:25 p.m. ET

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A single mom left her three kids at home alone to go party at the nearby club. One of the minors died from the lack of care.

Now, the mom will never hurt another child.

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This month, a judge in Texas sentenced Lauren Kay Dean to life in prison plus 20 years for the death of her 7-year-old daughter Jodrynn Barrera. Dean pleaded guilty to murder and second-degree child abandonment to avoid the death penalty, according to the Bay City Tribune.

Police in Bay City, Texas, said they were called to an apartment around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2020, for a welfare check. When police arrived, they found Barrera dead in the home.

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The child was bedridden due to medical conditions, police said. Barrera was non-communicative and diagnosed with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy, according to ABC 13. She was also on a feeding tube.

Officials said she needed around-the-clock care.

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Police said two other children were at the home, aged 5 and 3 months, during the incident.

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Investigators said that on Jan. 30, Dean left the children home alone and went to the nearby Shade’s Bar to party, according to ABC 13. Dean returned home and invited police inside believing the children were OK.

The other children were unharmed but removed from the home. Authorities initially arrested Dean on charges of child abandonment. Those counts were later upgraded to murder when officials said the victim died from the lack of care.

Dean did not speak during her sentencing hearing, according to reports.


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