A Licking woman entered guilty pleas Tuesday in the drowning deaths of her two children.
Jennifer Bagley received 90 days of jail time; two, four-year prison terms that were suspended in lieu of a five-year probationary period. Bagley also must pay a fine and complete community service, ruled Circuit Judge Mary Sheffield.
She was ordered to trial earlier in the drowning deaths of her two children. Bagley’s public defender, Brian Woolley, entered paperwork last week entering the guilty pleas, according to electronic court records.
She was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
A coroner’s inquest earlier ruled that Bagley, who is held in the county jail, was criminally negligent for the deaths of her two sons, Jesse James Bagley, 7, and Wyatt Earp Bagley, 4, in August 2009 in the Big Piney River near Licking.
A then 3-year-old sister, who was later removed from the home by a unit within the Missouri Department of Social Services, sparked the search for the boys after she reported them missing to adults in the family house, authorities said. The disappearance brought a search that led to the discovery of the boys’ bodies.