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Five-year prison sentence handed down for Wentzville woman convicted for death of 18-month-old

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Lisa West is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges. (Credit: Wentzville Police Department) Lisa West is facing first and second degree manslaughter charges. (Credit: Wentzville Police Department)
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A St. Charles Co. judge sentenced a Wentzville woman to five years in prison  in the death of an 18-month-old boy.

A jury convicted Lisa West of manslaughter in April. 

It was September 2009 when emergency crews were called to a home in the 600 block of Autumn Creek Drive,  where West ran an in-home day care.

Mason Beach, 18-months-old, suffered a head injury shortly after 8 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2009 while he was in West's care. His mother had dropped him off at West's home a short time before that.

West said that the boy had fallen down some carpeted stairs and that led to the brain injury that caused his death. Prosecutors dispute that.

During closing arguments on April 21, both sides in the case tried to poke holes in the expert medical testimony that each side had presented.

The prosecutor called 11 witnesses. The defense has called eight witnesses including friends of West to talk about her character.

During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, West apologized and said Beach's death was due to an accident, but Beach's mother was not convinced it was heartfelt.

"I think it was apology because she like she needed to do it. I don't think it was sincere because it's now affecting her and her family," said Rebecca Beach.

At one point during the trial, West took the stand. She was in tears at times.

During his closing argument in April, the prosecutor called it "bad acting". The prosecutor says that West lost her temper and that's what led to the injury that caused the toddler's death.

The prosecutor painted a picture of West trying to run an in-home daycare with little to no support. He said it wasn't surprising she snapped. He said it was surprising she didn't snap sooner.

West's stepson took the stand and called her "a great mother." West's attorney argued she should receive six months of shock time.

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