DALLAS (AP) - An Irving mother has been convicted of
manslaughter in the suffocation death of her five-month-old baby.
The jury returned the verdict Sunday against Angela DiSabella, 21.
She was sentenced to seven years in prison for the
2004 death of her daughter.
DiSabella had been charged with capital murder, but jurors
convicted her on the lesser charge after deliberating for nearly
The infant suffocated on chili powder after DiSabella used it to
try to get the child to stop sucking her thumb.
Prosecutors say DiSabella was manipulative and impulsive and
took her anger out on the child.
The defense says she made a mistake using the powder but tried to save her daughter's life.