Bowman gets probation in death of Manly

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By Shane Farley
October 11, 2012 - 6:30:05 pm

Ark City babysitter Jennifer Bowman was sentenced to three years probation Thursday for her role in the death of two-year-old Davin Manly in the fall of 2011.

Judge Jim Pringle departed from guidelines that called for Bowman to recieve time in prison. He said her efforts to seek drug treatment and the fact that she has young children were factored in the decision to give her a lighter sentence.

In August, Bowman had entered a guilty plea to a single count of involuntary manslaughter.

As a condition of her probation, Bowman must enter Cowley County's Drug Court program.

She also must register as a violent offender for the next 15 years.

Should she violate her probation, Bowman could face a prison term of 41 months and 60 days in jail.

Manly died last year after ingesting acid in the form of rust mover. Bowman was the boy's babysitter.

While out on bond, she has been seeking treatment for drug problems. The drug issue is a reason charges were pursued against the woman, investigators and court officials have said.

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