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UPDATE: Missouri mother enters Alford plea in death of son

Friday, June 1, 2012 | 9:41 a.m. CDT; updated 3:08 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 1, 2012

IBERIA—  A central Missouri woman has entered an Alford plea in the death of her 7-month-old son, who suffered severe burns when his blanket was set on fire.

Christina L. White entered the plea Thursday to second-degree murder, first-degree arson and endangering the welfare of a child.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree arson and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say White set fire to a blanket wrapped around her son, Wayne Anderson Jr., in July 11, 2007, at a home in Iberia. The boy died 20 days later.

The Lake Sun Leader reported White told police she set the fire because of extreme stress.

Under the plea agreement, White faces a sentence of 10 to 30 years or life in prison with another seven years for child endangerment.


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