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Mom sentenced for infant's murder

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BY JOHN H. WALKER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

TARBORO — A 22-year-old Pinetops woman was sentenced on June 10 to between 14 and 17 years in prison in connection with the March 2016 death of her then-10-month-old daughter following a plea deal.

Chelsey Webb was charged with first-degree murder and felonious child abuse when she was arrested on Feb. 21, 2017, and was indicted by an Edgecombe County grand jury on May 1, 2017.

The arrest ended an investigation that had gone on for nearly a year.

The plea deal, reached between prosecutors and court-appointed attorney Damian Tucker, means Webb will avoid the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison. Visiting Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons Jr. of Washington sentenced Webb to a prison term of not less than 168 months and no more than 214 months.

Webb’s legal problems began when emergency personnel responded to a March 2016 911 call about a dead infant at a house on Atwater Lane in Pinetops.

According to reports, responding deputies from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office identified Webb as the child’s mother and said she told them the infant died after choking on a piece of chicken.

Law enforcement said autopsy results received in early 2017 contradicted Webb’s claim, with the medical examiner’s office affixing the cause of death as physical trauma that came as a result of blows to the child’s head and neck.

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