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Oregon mother sentenced after failing to save son, 4, from house fire

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after authorities say she failed to help her 4-year-old son who died in an apartment fire has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The Statesman Journal reports Keizer Police Detective Chris Nelson said that 24-year-old Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez could see her son through the flames and had the opportunity to go save him, but didn't.

Nelson said Sosa-Martinez didn't know why she didn't go back in and was panicking.

Detectives later discovered burn marks consistent with marijuana paraphernalia. Sosa-Martinez had claimed that her son started the October fire by knocking over a candle.

The Keizer woman had been on probation in a child neglect case at the time.

She apologized to her family in court Wednesday.

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