It looks like North Carolina is the new New Mexico. A drug-addled North Carolina woman passed out, high on methamphetamine. She left her three year old son on the front porch, which exposed him to extreme temperatures. He died of hypothermia on March 15th.
The boy, Landyn Melton of Morgantown, NC, had celebrated his 3rd birthday the day before his tragic death. A distraught neighbor discovered his freezing body the morning after and called the police.
The methed-up mother, Jamie Lyn Basinger, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter. She accepted a plea deal that would see her get a suspended sentence along with three years of supervised probation. The district attorney’s office in Burke County Superior Court confirmed that the judge also ordered her to do 72 hours of community service because, you know, nothing says “I’m sorry for freezing my three year old to death” like picking up trash on the highway for a few days.