Massachusetts woman guilty of endangerment in son’s death

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been found guilty in the death of her 4-month-old son who prosecutors say was left “largely unattended” in a homeless shelter.

The Essex district attorney’s office says 24-year-old Laci Kirk, of Lynn, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail Wednesday after being found guilty of wanton or reckless child endangerment. Kirk has already served more than eight months, and a judge suspended the remainder of the sentence for three years.

Her son, Charles Brand III, died in September 2015 when they were staying at a Lynn shelter.

Prosecutors say Kirk, also known as Laci Brand, spent the day drinking with a friend while the baby was left unattended in a cluttered crib.

An autopsy determined the baby died of natural causes.

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