CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston mother who passed out on her infant daughter's body and smothered her to death during an alcohol and drug binge received on Thursday the maximum sentence allowed under the law.
Leslie Erin Boggs, 26, will spend three to 15 years in prison and be subject to three years of supervision after her release, Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib ruled. Boggs pleaded guilty in February to child neglect resulting in death.
Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein said Thursday that South Charleston police conducted an extensive investigation that showed a history of severe alcohol and drug abuse, which led Boggs to black out and pass out on the body of her 3-month-old daughter, Raynna, on May 10, 2010.
Boggs' boyfriend, Thomas Andrew Myers, found the baby's legs sticking out from under Boggs' body. The baby's face was pushed in and she was blue, evidence showed.
Michael Del Giudice, Boggs' attorney, argued that Boggs was an intelligent woman, but subject to manipulation by those around her. He argued that she should be placed on probation and home confinement so she could undergo an extensive drug-treatment program.
Zakaib balked at that argument. He said Boggs was put on home confinement to await sentencing after pleading guilty in February and, within hours, went out and got drunk and high.
The judge also noted that Boggs showed no remorse and took no responsibility for her actions in documents submitted to the court.