Winter Haven Mother Gets 13 Years For Death Of Son

Posted at 6:51 AM, Nov 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-25 07:22:24-05

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a 3-week-old Winter Haven boy who died in 2012 of head trauma has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

A judge sentenced 34-year-old Jessica Michelle Lentz after she pleaded no contest to aggravated child neglect and other charges.

Officials say the boy, Jeffery Lentz Jr., likely suffered his injuries from being shaken, dropped or thrown.

Lentz told investigators multiple stories about how the injuries occurred, but police say she eventually admitted to falling asleep after taking prescription drugs.

Police were not sure if Lentz was intentionally misleading them with her stories or did not remember what happened because of the drugs.

The Lakeland Ledger ( reports that Lentz also has a daughter, who was 2 at the time of her brother's death.