Henrico, VA—A 22-year-old Henrico mother pleaded no contest in court this morning to child endangerment in the death of her infant son last February; all but six months of her 10 year sentence were suspended, and she must have no contact with her two children without permission from Henrico County Social Services or court order.
Jasmine Norman, 22, reached a plea agreement in court, and was sentenced to serve six months in jail.
Norman's 2½ month-old son, Jeremiah Norman, was discovered with a plastic bag lying on his face on February 8, 2012. Jasmine Norman said in previous testimony that she had been eating pizza downstairs; when she went upstairs, she found her infant son with the bag over his face. She tried to revive the boy; he later died at VCU Medical Center.
An 18-month-old child was in the area near the deceased infant when Norman came upstairs. Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Oglesby said there was no evidence that the older child had any contact with the baby. The Medical Examiner's Office ruled the baby's death "undetermined."
Norman was originally charged with felony child endangerment. She received a total of 10 years in jail, with all but six months suspended.
As a condition of her suspended sentence, Norman must not have any unsupervised contact with her two children, both toddlers, without the permission of Henrico County Social Services or by court order. Both children are now in foster care.
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