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Mom Sentenced to Jail After Death of 10-year-old Daughter

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The St Johns woman who pleaded "no contest" to neglecting her daughter before she died of a diabetes-related issue will spend the next 30 days in jail.

A Clinton County district court judge sentenced 48-year-old Kathleen Parker to that plus 5-years of probation Wednesday.

It's been about one year since officials found 10-year-old Vienna Parker dead inside her St Johns apartment after getting calls she hadn't shown up to school. They believed her body had been left there for days.

"It's terrible for everyone in the community & it's such an unusual situation," said Charles Sherman, Clinton County Prosecutor.

Officials say Vienna died of diabetes-related issues and that her mother, who was also found inside the home at the time with serious injuries, didn't do everything she could to help her.

"I think anyone would look at it and say, 'well how could somebody do something like this,' but she was way, way over her head. I don't think she had the tools to take care of this child the way this child needed to be taken care of," said Sherman.

The prosecutor's office originally charged Parker with felony child abuse, but the judge lessened that to misdemeanor child abuse when Parker plead "no contest."

"We wanted to put her in front of a judge and let a judge make a decision what he felt was the appropriate thing to do," said Sherman. "She'll have to go to counseling, do community service and report to the probation officer."

If Parker does violate her probation, she can spend up to a a year in jail.

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