FRESNO (AP) — A Northern California woman will be on probation for three years after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a 17-month-old girl she was babysitting.
The Fresno Bee reports Megan Martzen was sentenced Tuesday after entering the no contest plea as part of a plea deal last month.
Prosecutors had argued that Martzen had caused the death of Ella VanLeeuwen in Feb. 2009, but Martzen had claimed that the girl fell off a bed.
The Bee says as part of the deal, Martzen avoided a second trial.
The first trial of the 22-year-old Reedley woman ended in a mistrial in February when Fresno County jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on murder and child abuse charges.
In addition to the probation sentence, Martzen will was ordered to pay restitution and perform 250 hours of community service.