Wash. woman gets 15 years in death of 1 young daughter, mistreatment of another

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SEATTLE — A 38-year-old Tulalip, Washington, woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree murder and criminal mistreatment in the October 2012 death of her 19-month-old daughter and the neglect of her 33-month-old daughter.

U.S. District Judge James Robart on Monday called the details of the murder and mistreatment "nauseating." He added that Christina Carlson knew she needed to care for her children and chose not to.

The Tulalip Tribes member pleaded guilty in April, acknowledging she left the little girls in a filthy car while she tried to obtain drugs for her personal use.

The Snohomish County medical examiner classified the younger girl's death as homicide by parental neglect. According to the medical examiner's report, the child was malnourished and dehydrated, weighing only 19 pounds. The skin in her diaper area was infested with maggots.

The older girl was found unresponsive, covered in urine and feces. She later recovered.

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