New Haven woman pleads guilty to neglect in death of toddler

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WOWO) – A New Haven woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the death of her two-year-old daughter.

Crystal Belcher claims the death of her daughter, Jocelyn Belcher, was accidental. Jocelyn’s body was found in her home on January 27, 2018 wrapped in a blanket.

Our partners in news at ABC 21 report Crystal had a change of plea hearing Friday in which she pleaded guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent, a level 3 and level 6 felony.

She was initially charged with three counts of neglect back in December.

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If convicted, Belcher would spend three years behind bars and nine years on probation.

Shane Patton, 31, was also arrested in the case and is awaiting trial.


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