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Mother gets 4-8 years in daughter’s near-drowning, brain damage while she ‘stupidly smoked weed’

Jaquia Morales

Jaquia Morales

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania mother will serve at least four years in prison for causing her daughter’s permanent injuries when she left the child alone in bathwater while she was smoking marijuana 11 years ago.

Jaquia Morales, 32, was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison after being convicted of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child in October.

On Nov. 22, 2008, Morales left her daughter in bathwater, causing the girl’s near-drowning and irreversible brain damage.

About 10 years after the incident, Morales wrote a letter to the girl where she admitted to leaving her in the water so she could “stupidly smoke some weed.”

At sentencing, Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller acknowledged that Morales has mental health needs, but said, “There was a choice made here, and that choice was to smoke marijuana while leaving a child in a running bathtub.”

More than a decade later, Morales will serve time behind bars for her actions.

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