Mother pleads guilty after baby drowns in mop bucket

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 15:44:38-04

TULSA -- Update: Heather Freeman pleaded guilty in court on Monday to one count of child neglect. Freeman was sentenced to 25 years; 15 years in DOC and 10 years on probation with standard fines and costs.

“We feel that this as a fair resolution to this case, consistent with other cases in Tulsa County similar in nature,” said Assistant District Attorney Andrea Brown.  “Any time a defendant pleads guilty and acknowledges their criminal wrongdoing, it brings a measure of closure to all those affected by the tragedy," she said. 



A Tulsa woman has been arrested after her child died in March after being found face-down in a mop bucket containing water.

Heather Freeman, 26, was arrested for child neglect.

RELATED: Baby found face-down in mop bucket dies; no arrests made, say Tulsa Police

Police say they were called to the Sandy Park apartments on March 6. Freeman told police she gave the 8-month-old a bottle, placed him in a bed next to hers and fell asleep.

When she woke up, Freeman says she found the baby face-down in the bucket. The infant was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Freeman is being held on $250,000 bond.

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