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Fayetteville Mother Appears In Court On Manslaughter, Child Abuse Charges

Posted July 14, 2003 1:51 a.m. EDT

— The Fayetteville woman whose young son died after being left in a car on a 90-degree day appeared in court Monday.

Natasha Edwards-Pratt appeared in court for the first time for involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse.

Edwards-Pratt was charged Friday in the death of 2-year-old Kenneth Pratt. The boy died Wednesday and his two siblings still struggle for life at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Four-month-old Nataliya Pratt is still in critical condition and 1-year-old Jaquon Pratt has improved to serious condition.

Police say the children were left in a car at the home, but they do not know for how long. The high temperature in Fayetteville on Wednesday was 95 degrees.