Mother And Father Convicted Of Manslaughter In Infant’s Death
SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — A Siloam Springs mother was convicted of manslaughter Wednesday (July 20) in the death of her infant son.
The child’s father, Austin Moss, was convicted of manslaughter in the boy’s death on July 14. Austin moss pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in August.
Jennifer Moss went before a jury this week and while the jurors found her guilty of endangering the welfare of a minor, they could not reach a verdict on the manslaughter charge, so the judge declared a mistrial, Deputy Prosecutor Stuart Cearley said.
Instead of going through a second trial, Jennifer Moss pleaded guilty to manslaughter as well, according to Cearley. She was sentenced to six years in prison and four years suspended sentence.
The couple was arrested in February 2015 after first responders were called to 300 Meadow Court on Jan. 25 in reference to six-month-old boy in cardiac arrest, according to police.
The Mosses told authorities they had been using methamphetamine for several days before the night of Jan. 24 and then smoked marijuana to help them sleep, police said.
An autopsy revealed the child was asphyxiated due to co-sleeping, according to police. The Mosses told officers they went to sleep with the baby between them, according to police.