Mom won't go to jail for daughter's death

Mom won't go to jail for daughter's death
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- A mother will not serve any jail time after a tragic accident that killed a Benton City baby last year. Wendi Finkbeiner was sentenced to a year of community service.

Finkbeiner accepted responsibility for the death of her one-year-old daughter. She pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter.

She was negligent in leaving the baby unattended in the bathtub where she drowned.

The judge believed finkbeiner is not a threat to the public or her other two children and her own regret is more than a court can impose.

"She has to accept the fact that it happened and she has to move on. I think she will. I feel strongly that the two kids she has are going to pay a big price," said Larry Stephenson, defense lawyer.

Finkbeiner's family says the baby's organs were donated and are credited with saving the life of a California woman.