Woman Pleads Guilty to Charge in Infant Grandson’s Death
APPLE VALLEY (AP) - A 49-year-old Eagan woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the 2012 death of her infant grandson.
Johanna Mercedes Limpert Beeler entered the guilty plea last week in Dakota County court. A plea deal filed Sept. 24 recommends a 60-day jail sentence with credit for four days served.
Charges filed in March say Beeler told police she fell asleep with the 2-month-old infant in bed, and that he was unresponsive when she awoke. An autopsy didn't give a cause of death, but didn't rule out that he had been accidentally smothered.
The charges say a preliminary breath test showed Beeler had a blood alcohol content of 0.187 percent about an hour after police arrived, and she was taken to a hospital for a suspected overdose.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17.