Benton City mother pleads guilty to second degree manslaughter

<p>Wendi Finkbeiner-Setzer</p>

Wendi Finkbeiner-Setzer

A Benton City mother admits her negligence caused the death of her one-year-old daughter last year.

Wendi Finkbeiner-Setzer pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter this morning in Benton County Superior Court.

Finkbeiner-Setzer stated on November 5th, 2012, she left her daughter in the bathtub unsupervised for a few minutes.

Investigators say when her teenage son went in the bathroom to check on his sister, he found her face down in the water and not breathing.

The standard range sentence for second degree manslaughter is 21 - 27 months, but in exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of 12 months on work release.

Finkbeiner-Setzer will be sentenced June 6th.