Sentenced: Butler County woman who suffocated baby

Saralin Walden mugshot, courtesy of Butler County

UPDATE: Saralin Walden was sentenced on Tuesday Nov. 12 to five years in prison. At sentencing, Walden said, she wanted a chance "to do it right."


The woman who admitted she rolled over on her newborn and accidentally suffocated the baby will be sentenced tomorrow after taking a plea deal in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

Saralin Walden plead guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say she had been using drugs and rolled over on her daughter, Rae'Anna while sleeping in October 2018 suffocating the three-month-old baby. The newborn died five days later at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

She filed a not guilty by reason on insanity plea but was ruled competent to stand trial.

In accepting a plea deal, the prosecutor dropped the felony child endangering charge.

Walden faces up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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