A Baltimore woman was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for neglecting her 6-month-old son - who died dehydrated and weighing only 7 pounds.
Shaunte C. Bomar, 19, of the 800 block of Evesham Ave. in North Baltimore had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for leaving her infant son alone for about 36 hours in November while she went to a party with her other two children.
A medical report describes the baby, Carlos Leroy Brown Jr., as having protruding ribs and undersized organs from lack of nourishment.
Bomar lived in disarray in the basement of a house she shared with her mother and sister, the report shows. When she came home and discovered her son was dead, she brought his body upstairs to her mother, who suggested they wait until the next day and then go to police, which is what they did.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Joseph P. McCurdy said he was mystified by the case.
"It's incredible to me that he was able to languish in the home in this manner, with three people who did nothing," he said. "This child just almost didn't exist as far as these people were concerned."
McCurdy sentenced Bomar to 10 years in prison, but suspended half. He sentenced her to five years' probation, and required her to get counseling.
Bomar, a slight woman who was neatly dressed in a skirt and blouse, cried as a sheriff's deputy led her from the courtroom in handcuffs. She and her attorney had begged the judge not to send her to prison for a crime they said was caused by psychological problems.
Defense attorney William R. Buie III said Bomar had been raped when she was 14, and that she has nightmares about the killing of her father, which occurred when she was 7.
Bomar's other children, ages 4 and 2, are staying with an aunt. She urged McCurdy not to sever her relationship with them by sending her to prison.
"I just really don't want my children to grow up without their mother," she said.
But prosecutor Julie Drake suggested that Bomar deserved more than a "slap on the wrist."
"This court needs to make clear to the defendant that a child is not a toy that can be discarded when she's tired of it," Drake said.