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Mother gets 10 years in Phoenix child-abuse case

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman accused of child abuse after her young son
overdosed on a prescription painkiller has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 36-year-old Jennifer Campos also was sentenced
Thursday to lifetime probation for child abuse and attempted child abuse.

Campos and the child’s father were accused of giving their then 2-year-old son
a mixture of Kool-Aid and methadone at a Phoenix motel on Oct. 23, 2011.

Authorities said that caused the toddler to overdose. The parents claimed they
gave the boy the mixture because his gums were bleeding and his teeth were
rotting.

Court records indicate the child had methadone, amphetamine, acetone and
nicotine in his system.

Campos originally pleaded not guilty to the charges before entering into a plea
agreement.

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