JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville woman faces manslaughter charges for the 2009 death of her infant daughter.
Authorities said Thursday that 31-year-old Charlotte Renee Chesteen left 8 1/2-month-old Morgan Ashley Vandusen overnight in a room that broiled to 98 degrees despite mild temperatures outside.
Chesteen told police the baby had been running a slight fever. She told authorities she put the child to bed on Dec. 13, 2009, and didn't check on her again until 10 hours later. By that time the baby had died of hyperthermia and dehydration.
The child's death was originally listed as undetermined. It was changed last month to negligent homicide/manslaughter based on evidence.
Chesteen is free on $30,000 bail.
--- Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
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