Accused crack-smoking mom gets plea deal after 2nd child dies in her care
WITI / Milwaukee County
Wanda Pena

By Ben Handelman, WITI

MILWAUKEE -- (WITI) -- An accused crack-smoking mother whose child died after the mother fell asleep will likely avoid serious prison time, as prosecutors have agreed to a plea deal.

Janeiris Jones died in February at 3 months old. Her 28-year-old mother Wanda Pena was charged with one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. On Tuesday, Pena reached a plea deal, and the charge was dropped down from reckless homicide to recklessly endangering safety. Pena pleaded guilty. Prosecutors will recommend Pena spend between 12 and 18 months behind bars.

Police say Pena admitted she got high on crack cocaine and fell asleep. When she woke up, Jones was dead.

Family members said they’re planning to urge the judge to ignore the prosecutor’s recommendation. Jones is the second to die in Pena’s care. In 2015, her son died after a television fell on top of him. That death was ruled an accident. The family said in this case, they want a long sentence.

Pena will be sentenced on Dec. 6. Meanwhile, she’s out of jail, in a rehab facility. Her lawyer had no comment Tuesday.

FULL STORY: Accused crack smoking mom could spend just months behind bars after 2nd child dies in her care - WITI

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