Virginia Mother Pleads Guilty In Son’s Minivan Death

BRISTOW, Va. (AP) — A Bristow mother whose toddler son died after being left in the family’s minivan for seven hours has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor child neglect charges.

Forty-year-old veterinarian Karen Murphy pleaded guilty Monday and was ordered to serve six years of probation and perform 400 hours of community service at an animal shelter. Under a plea agreement accepted by Prince William County Circuit Court Judge William Hamblen, a felony murder charge was dropped and the two misdemeanor charges replaced the original felony child abuse charges.

Murphy’s son Ryan was almost three when he was left in a car seat while Murphy went to work at an animal hospital on the morning of June 17. Murphy drove home after work and later found Ryan unresponsive in the minivan.

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