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Johnston mother guilty in baby's death

Posted November 17, 2008 4:45 p.m. EST

— A Newton Grove woman was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 7-month-old son last year.

Katherine Strickland, 27, of 1750 Reedy Prong Church Road, was sentenced to 16 to 20 months in prison.

Strickland's son, Joshua Quinn Tart, died on Nov. 1, 2007, from "complications of drowning," according to an autopsy report.

Strickland and her husband, Jeffrey Keith Parker, 27, told authorities that they were passing Tart to one another on Oct. 30, 2007, when he fell to the floor.

Investigators noted inconsistencies in the couple's story. At first, they said they dropped the baby in the bathroom, and they later said they dropped him in the bedroom, authorities said.

Parker also is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case.