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Hardin woman gets 20 years for child's death

   COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) -- A Hardin woman has been sentenced to 20 years in
prison for causing the death of a 3-year-old foster child by leaving him for hours
in a locked car with the windows up on a 93-degree day.
   KULR-TV reports that 50-year-old Lavonna Bird was sentenced Friday in
Stillwater County District Court. Judge Blair Jones suspended five years of
the sentence.
   Bird in December pleaded guilty to negligent homicide for the August 2011
death of Jaren Blacksmith.
   Prosecutors say the boy tried to escape, but the windows were rolled up and
the child locks were activated. He died of hyperthermia. The car was parked
outside Bird's home.
   An autopsy also found several bruises on the boy.
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   Information from: KULR-TV
   AP-WF-02-09-13 1818GMT

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