Mar 12, 2011 4:22 PM by AP

Woman accepts plea agreement in toddler's drowning

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A woman who told police she was playing games on Facebook when her 13-month-old son drowned in a bathtub has pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse in a plea agreement.

Thirty-four-year-old Shannon Johnson of Evans entered her plea Friday in Weld County District Court in Greeley. She could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison but could also avoid prison time with a sentence of probation or community corrections.

The Greeley Tribune reports that prosecutors plan to argue for prison time.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 15.

She had been charged with child abuse that knowingly or recklessly caused death, which would have made a 16- to 48-year prison sentence mandatory.

Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune,

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