Woman gets 20-year sentence for infant son’s hot car death
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Mississippi woman was on a dayslong drug binge when her baby died after she left him in a hot car.
News outlets report 29-year-old Elizabeth Marie Barhonovich pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday in the death of her son 10-month-old Kash Barhonovich. She told the Circuit Court judge it was her fault, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison that will run consecutively to a six-year sentence for an auto burglary conviction in Harrison County.
Authorities say Barhonovich was using meth and Xanax around the time she left Kash in a vehicle in June while she was inside their Jackson County home.
Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath says in a statement Kash died over Barhonovich’s addiction. An autopsy revealed he died of hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature.