A Morganton woman received no prison time on Monday after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the freezing death of her toddler son.
Landyn Melton died of hypothermia on the front porch of his family’s home the morning after his third birthday celebration in March, prosecutors said.
His mother, 24-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger, was given a suspended sentence of 19 to 32 months, with 3 years of supervised probation in Burke County Superior Court, the Burke County District Attorney’s Office said.
Jamie Lyn Basinger
Burke County District Attorney’s Office
Judge Nathaniel Poovey ordered Basinger to undergo a substance abuse assessment and comply with all conditions, perform 72 hours of community service and comply with all Department of Social Services orders regarding her other child. Basinger spent eight months in jail.
Basinger’s drug use on the day she was supposed to be watching her son, and on the previous two days, led