Aurora mom gets probation in daughter's death while she was on Facebook
8:50 PM, Oct 26, 2012
AURORA, Colo. -
An Aurora mother who police say was checking her Facebook account when her daughter was hit by a van has received probation for negligent child abuse causing death.
Karen Charlene Pena pleaded guilty to the child abuse charge in August and was sentenced Friday to five years of probation.
Prosecutors say Pena was in her second-floor apartment at the Sierra Condos near East Mississippi Avenue and East Alameda Parkway on May 27, 2011, while her 20-month-old daughter Laniece was outside without adult supervision. The girl was hit by a van in the parking lot of the complex and later died.