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    'Dancing mom' gets 3 years for daughter's death

    'Dancing mom' gets 3 years for daughter's death
    CTV.ca News Staff

    A Toronto father pronounced himself "sick" after the salsa-dancing mother of his toddler daughter was given a three-year sentence in connection with the child's death by abandonment.

    "I'm sick to my stomach," Mark Yetman told reporters outside a Toronto courthouse on Monday. "You go out and beat up a guy on the street corner, you get five or 10 years. You kill my kid, it's totally fine."

    Clara da Silva, his former girlfriend, went salsa dancing in September 2002. She left her two-year-old daughter Adrianna alone in a sweltering apartment for 33 hours.

    The temperature in the apartment rose to at least 35 degrees Celsius, and she had no food or water. Da Silva had lied to people, saying someone was at her apartment taking care of Adrianna.

    On the evening of Sept. 9, Da Silva returned to her apartment to find her daughter face down in her crib.

    Court was told that Da Silva left the apartment to get some money, and it wasn't until an hour later that she asked a neighbour to call for help.

    CTV News Toronto's John Lancaster reported that Adrianna was frequently left alone.

    The little girl was never taken for routine medical appointments and immunizations, and her diaper rash had gotten so bad that it was akin to second-degree burns.

    "I feel like I've been shot," Yetman said. "For her to get three years -- big deal."

    The maximum sentence for manslaughter is life in prison.

    The prosecution had asked for eight to 12 years, while the defence argued for a conditional sentence of two years less a day. An appeal of the sentence by the Crown is under consideration.

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    Why is this kind of thing not considered murder? You can't even spank your child in the U.S. anymore without the risk of an assault/battery charge which carries a minimum 1 year sentence, but you can kill them and get out in 3? WTF? The whole world's gone friggin crazy .

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    Originally posted by Diamond:

    Why is this kind of thing not considered murder? You can't even spank your child in the U.S. anymore without the risk of an assault/battery charge which carries a minimum 1 year sentence, but you can kill them and get out in 3? WTF? The whole world's gone friggin crazy .
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