UPDATE: Tues 10:35 PM, Feb. 25, 2014
BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A mother convicted in a traffic crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced in Bayfield County to prison time.
Chelsea Cadotte was given 2 1/2 years behind bars Monday for the death of Mariah Gordon and critical injuries to three other children in her SUV, none of whom were wearing safety restraints.
WDIO-TV reports Cadotte was also ordered to speak to the community about the dangers of letting children ride without restraints once she leaves prison. Cadotte crashed her Chevy Blazer just north of Washburn in July 2012.
ORIGINAL STORY: April 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM
BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A Bayfield woman charged in a crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.
WDIO-TV says 24-year-old Chelsea Cadotte is charged in Bayfield County with second-degree reckless homicide and first-degree reckless injury.
Authorities say Cadotte was speeding southbound on Highway 13 near Washburn last July. Her three children and 15-year-old sister were passengers in the vehicle. Officials allege she was distracted by a child in the back seat which caused her to swerve and roll several times into the ditch.
All four passengers were thrown from the vehicle. Deputies say they were not wearing seat belts.
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