Carney woman, 33, pleads guilty in her infant's death

October 16, 1991

A 33-year-old Carney area woman pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder for fatally fracturing the skull of her 7-week-old daughter on Feb. 12, after a day of drinking.

Deborah L. Sennett and her husband, Thomas Gordon Sennett Sr., 35, of the 9700 block of Magledt Road, were to go on trial on murder charges together yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Instead, all but one charge against Mr. Sennett were dropped after Mrs. Sennett said in her plea bargain that he wasn't home when she began slapping their daughter, Amanda Lee Sennett, as she held her, because the child was crying.

In the agreed-upon statement of facts, prosecutor Scott D. Shellenberger said one or more of these slaps apparently knocked the baby's head against the crib.

The baby stopped crying and Mrs. Sennett put her in the crib, where she remained until Mr. Sennett picked her up for a 9:30 p.m. feeding -- and found her lifeless and cold. He took Amanda to the emergencyroom at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, but a doctor said she had been dead about two hours.

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