Ore. mom pleads guilty in death of 4-year-old son

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Associated Press

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A mother has pleaded guilty to killing her 4-year-old son and trying to kill her 7-year-old daughter after they plunged off a bridge into a frigid Oregon river last year.

Under a plea bargain, 32-year-old Amanda Stott-Smith will avoid the death penalty and spend at least 35 years in prison. Formal sentencing is scheduled later this month.

Stott-Smith gave one-word answers to questions from the judge Tuesday and showed little emotion.

The father of the children, Jason Smith, was in the courtroom but made no comment. Prosecutor John Casalino says Smith had approved of the plea arrangement.

The children fell from the Sellwood Bridge on May 23. Nearby residents who jumped in a boat pulled them from the Willamette River, but the boy was dead.

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