Donasty Cohen found guilty of lesser charge of manslaughter

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Donasty Cohen, 17, the woman charged with second degree murder for the January 2017 death of her 28-day-old son, Ashtyn, has been found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

(Source: RPSO)

On Thursday, it took the jury just a little over two hours to reach a verdict.

The morning began with both the state and the defense resting, with the defense choosing not to call any witnesses.

During closing arguments, State Prosecutor Cheryl Carter told the jury, "I do understand that a lot of 16-year-olds get pregnant and have babies. Not all murder their babies, but she did."

Carter also said of baby Ashtyn's injuries, "Stevie Wonder could see those injuries, because they were prominent."

When the defense had their turn to close, an attorney for Cohen said "Opinions are not law or evidence." And, "The state did not show beyond a reasonable doubt that she murdered Ashtyn."

Sentencing is set for December 4. In Louisiana, if you are convicted of manslaughter "You shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than 40 years." But if the victim was under the age of 10, the offender "Shall be imprisoned at hard labor without benefit of probation or suspension of sentence for not less than 10 years, nor more than 40 years."

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