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Mother Convicted of Killing Son in Closed Car

March 29, 1995

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A mother whose infant son died after he was locked in a hot car for eight hours was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Patricia Mudd, 27, must serve at least five years, according to the agreement in which she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Prosecutor Mark Borello said Monday that he accepted the agreement because the sentence ensured Mudd would never harm her own children again. Her two other children have been adopted and she had a hysterectomy for medical reasons while in jail.

Trevor Mudd, age 7 months, died Jan. 21, 1992, after his body overheated from being locked in the car with the windows rolled up while his mother worked at a fast-food restaurant. The temperature outside reached 73 degrees.

Mudd, who was arrested two days later, complained she couldn’t find a baby sitter. She had previously served four months in Washington state on a 1988 child-abuse conviction involving a daughter whose ribs were fractured.

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