ARKANSAS CITY (AP) – A 25-year-old south-central Kansas woman was sentenced to three years of probation in the death of a 2-year-old boy who died after drinking rust remover.
Jennifer Bowman of Arkansas City was sentenced Thursday for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Davin Manly. The boy died last October after he drank the rust remover while Bowman was babysitting him. Authorities said the substance was in a plastic beverage bottle.
Several witnesses spoke on Bowman’s behalf during Thursday’s sentencing. As part of her sentence, she must undergo drug screening and mental health counseling.
KSNW-TV 3 reports the judge could have sentenced Bowman to prison, but he said that would have hurt her three children.