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Mom gets no prison time for leaving baby in toilet

Published On: Dec 13 2012 01:48:49 PM CST

(WSOC) GREENVILLE, S.C. —

A mother who abandoned her newborn in the toilet of a South Carolina sports arena has avoided prison time.

Jessica Blackham was sentenced to a year of house arrest and three years of probation Wednesday after pleading guilty.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old Blackham went into labor while watching the circus in February 2011 and gave birth to a 6-pound boy in a cramped stall. She left the child in the toilet and went home with her family.

Authorities say the baby was found by a cleaning crew 90 minutes later, his neck just above the water and with a body temperature of 85 degrees. The newborn survived and is developing normally.

Blackham apologized, telling the judge she may have not been thinking clearly because of blood loss.