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In loving memory of Jaren Wayne Blacksmith who died in foster care aged 3 years old

on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:06
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In loving memory of Jaren Wayne Blacksmith who died in foster care aged 3 years old

COLUMBUS — A Hardin woman who admitted to a charge of negligent homicide for the death of a 3-year-old foster child was sentenced Friday.

Lavonna Bird, 51, was ordered to serve 20 years at Montana Women's Prison, with five years suspended, for the Aug. 17, 2011, death of Jaren Wayne Blacksmith, who died after he was left for several hours inside a locked car.

Authorities said the Blacksmith child, who was one of several children placed in Bird's foster care, died of hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature.

Prosecutors said outside temperatures reached 93 degrees on the day the boy died.

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