Mother Sentenced For Drowning Autistic Son

SAN DIEGO (January 29, 2013)—Patricia Corby, 37, of San Diego, has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub.

Corby received the sentence Monday, about a month after entering a tearful guilty plea to murder.

Several distraught relatives spoke to Corby before the sentencing, including the boy's father Duane Corby who called her "a loathsome person."

After several angry family comments she moaned "stop, stop."

On March 31, Corby drove to a police station and told authorities she had killed her son, Daniel, by filling a bathtub and holding the boy under water until he died.

His still-wet body was wrapped in a blanket in her back seat.

She later told an investigator that her entire life was dedicated to caring for her son.


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