Woman sentenced to 18 years in infant's death
Rachel Bryan pleaded guilty earlier to second-degree murder. She was sentenced Thursday in Superior Court in Olympia.
Deputy Prosecutor John Skinder said an evaluation at Western State Hospital found that Bryan suffers from mental health issues. However, he said she is legally competent and knew right from wrong when she assaulted her 4-month-old son in September 2011 at a mobile home.
The prosecutor said the child's father physically and emotionally abused Bryan while she was living with him in California. The man is now in prison.
Defense lawyer Robert Jimerson said his client is "haunted" by her son's death.
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