A 53-year-old mother accused of giving her daughter a lethal dose of heroin pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Thursday in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
Evelyn White originally faced trial on a charge of murder but took a plea deal that includes a six-year prison sentence.
White was accused of giving the drug to her 30-year-old daughter, who had used the drug only once -- three days before her death Oct. 20, 2006.
While Yvonne Cota-Cecil ingested the heroin, White went into the bathroom, also to use heroin. Police said White came out of the bathroom and found her daughter having difficulty breathing.
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Authorities found Cota-Cecil unresponsive at her north Modesto duplex apartment shortly after 4 a.m.
She was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Cota-Cecil's 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son were asleep in the apartment at the time, police said.
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