Mother Pleads Guilty in Baby's Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/31/03

Mother Pleads Guilty in Baby's Death

A Lubbock woman charged with killing her infant son three and a half years ago, pled guilty to a lesser charge today.

Laura Beeman, then 20-years-old, confessed to throwing her son Joshua to the ground twice in a fit of rage in March of 2000. Reports indicate that Beeman, who is deaf, threw the child down to get a friend's attention. She was charged with capital murder, but prosecutors agreed to drop that charge if she pled guilty to injury to a child.

Beeman was sentenced to 25 years in prison and she must serve half of that before she will be eligible for parole.

Capital murder only carries a sentence of life in prison or death.

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