A little North Carolina boy, Landyn, turned 3 years old in March. But the day after his birthday, he died.
According to WSOC, his mother, 24-year-old Jamie Basinger, put him to bed around 10:30 p.m. ET on March 14. The temperature that night in Burke County was reportedly around 20 degrees, with a wind chill making it feel like just 4 degrees.
The toddler reportedly got out of his room and walked out of the house, but tragically, he wasn’t able to get back in. Basinger said she never heard Landyn leave her home, nor did anything wake her up throughout the night.
Sadly, because of the low temperature, her son froze to death outside. Basinger was arrested in April and charged with the death of her son.
During her trial, as WSOC reports, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert told the court:
“She didn’t hear him. She didn’t hear him leave the room. Didn’t hear him leave the house. Didn’t hear him banging on the door. She was asleep while he was freezing to death.”
The court pointed out the result of Basinger’s drug test — traces of methamphetamine and marijuana were found in her bloodstream that night. According to People, Basinger’s attorney said the woman intended to take full responsibility for her addiction problem and her son’s death, but he argued there was zero intent to harm Landyn.
He told the judge:
“She’s really never stopped crying since, your honor. She’s here to take responsibility for this. But again, no manner of punishment is gonna take away what’s in her heart.”
The woman’s mother also testified in court. WSOC reports she spoke about her daughter’s “good” mothering capabilities:
“She was a good mom. She was a good mom. She didn’t mean for none of this to happen, and she loved her babies.”
According to People, she told the court:
“I love my kid to death, and I would never do nothing to hurt him.”
On Monday, Basinger, who has been in jail since her arrest, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and one count of child abuse.
Breaking Morganton- Jamie Basinger pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of 3-year old son who froze to death earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/EmrX5Lfzlf
— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) December 11, 2017
She was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months of jail time; however, the 245 days she served before her plea is counting toward her sentence, and she will only serve additional time if she violates her 36-month probation, according to the Morganton News Herald.Burke County Sheriff’s Office
Now, only time will tell if the 245 days she spent in jail were enough for her to kick her drug habit. It’s unclear who has had custody of her youngest child during her time in jail.