Rockbridge County mom's sentence suspended after 2016 death of infant daughter

Charlee Ford died April 2016

By Irisha Jones - Reporter

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. - The mother who pleaded guilty of her role in the 2016 death of her 4-month-old daughter will not spend any additional time behind bars.

On Monday, Diana Hazelwood was sentenced to two years in a state penitentiary for attempted felony murder, with that time being suspended. This lesser charge was in exchange for Hazelwood agreeing to testify against her boyfriend and infant's father, Charles Ford. 

During the hearing, a Rockbridge County judge told her she was free to go. She also did not receive probation time.

Hazelwood spent one year and 324 days in jail and was released on bond in March. Her attorney Matthew Pack said Hazelwood has been drug and alcohol free since her release. 

Her infant, Charlee Ford, died in April 2016.

The medical examiner’s investigation reported the infant’s cause of death to be sudden unexpected infant death, or SIDS, with an undetermined manner of death.

Murder charges were dropped against the infant's father, Charles Ford, last month. He will still serve time on felony child endangerment. He's already serving a 10-year sentence on unrelated firearm charges.

 

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