Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter for death of infant

Tuesday, August 22nd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year prison sentence for a Tulsa woman who pleaded guilty in the asphyxiation death of her infant son.

Nineteen-year-old Makesha Nathan pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the May Eleventh death of five-month-old Tavian Nathan.

Nathan's sentencing is scheduled for October Ninth.

Nathan told police that she became angry while Tavian was crying. Authorities say she picked the baby up by one arm and dropped him between the bed and the wall before leaving the room.

An affidavit indicates that she told police she returned to the room between an hour-and-a-half and two hours later to find the baby dead.

A defense attorney says Nathan had hoped the baby would cry himself to sleep and had no intention of harming the child.