Mom Accused of Having Sex as Daughter Drowned Gets 5 years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman accused of having sex with her boyfriend as her 21-month-old daughter drowned in a bathtub has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Florida Times-Union reports 26-year-old Lonna Lauramore Barton's was sentenced Friday after she pleaded guilty to child neglect and lying to police.

Lonzie Barton was reported missing last summer and after months of fruitless searching, Barton's ex-boyfriend 32-year-old William Ruben Ebron Jr., led investigators to her remains in January. He pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Lonzie's remains were too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death. The ex-boyfriend said the child drowned while being left alone in a bathtub while he and Lonna Barton had sex.

His admission came days after Lonna Barton pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him.

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