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A mother whose infant daughter died from injuries in a drug- and alcohol-related crash in Provo last year was sentenced Tuesday to eight months of house arrest for her role in the death.
Susanne McClellan, 39, was sentenced by 4th District Judge James Brady to eight months of home confinement with an ankle monitor as part of a three-year probation. McClellan, who was given credit for three days already served in jail, also must pay a $1,050 fine and pay $3,276 in restitution.
McClellan pleaded guilty last month to negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement in which a count of third-degree felony obstructing justice was dismissed.
In January, the driver, 30-year-old Chelsea Fuller who had pleaded guilty to third-degree felony counts of automobile homicide and driving under the influence was sentenced to prison for up to 10 years for driving drunk and hitting a tree, which resulted in the death of 4-month-old Brylee McClellan.
The fatal crash occurred on Aug. 4, as Fuller was driving McClellan and her child home. Both women had been drinking alcohol, and Fuller had also taken Citalpram, Alprazolam and Ambien, according to charging documents.
McClellan was in the back seat of the car, and holding the baby in her arms, without using a seatbelt or car seat, when Fuller crashed the vehicle into a tree.