Mom Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Toddler Car Seat Death

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 22, 2018US News
Mom Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Toddler Car Seat Death
Deanna Joseph. (Salem County Corrections)

A New Jersey woman who was high on drugs in her car last year and left her 2-year-old daughter unattended for hours in her car seat, where she died, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Deanna Joseph also pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment and drug and weapons charges. The 39-year-old Alloway woman faces up to 15 years in prison when she’s sentenced in March.

Joseph’s daughter, Kayley Freeman, was found dead Aug. 26 in a car parked in the driveway of Joseph’s home with the engine running.

According to, 39-year-old Joseph gave varied explanations for what happened when interviewed by police. She said once that she went out to purchase cigarettes and lost consciousness for an unknown length of time. However, Joseph eventually admitted using drugs that day.

An autopsy determined Kayley died of positional asphyxia, a condition in which a person’s breathing is obstructed because of the way his or her body is positioned.

The Associated Press

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