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MOTHER SENTENCED IN STARVING BABY'S DEATH

A mother who stopped for a manicure instead of taking her starving baby to a hospital was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for his death.

A doctor had told Dianna Meeks, 25, that she needed to take 2-month-old Dontory Jordan immediately to the hospital because he was dangerously underweight. He died while wrapped in a blanket in the nail salon.

Ms. Meeks was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a non-jury trial.

Dontory weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces at birth but was down to just 3 pounds, 7 ounces when the doctor saw him at a clinic in 1997. Instead of calling an ambulance, the staff gave Ms. Meeks directions to the hospital.

The medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death to be failure to thrive and maternal neglect. There was no sign of food in the baby's system.

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