Humboldt County woman pleads guilty to killing baby with blow dryer

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California mother has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 3-month-old daughter, who suffered third-degree burns from a blow dryer.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that 30-year-old Rebecca Carroll entered the plea on Monday in Humboldt County Superior Court.

Authorities suspect an intoxicated Carroll returned to her Arcata home in the early morning hours of Oct. 15 from a night out and got into bed with her daughter, Rebelle Rose Keene, while blow drying her hair.

Rebelle was found dead about six hours later. The coroner's office says it appears she went into shock as a result of burns from the blow dryer.

Carroll, who is also known as Rebecca McPherson, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27 and faces up to four years in prison.


Information from: Times-Standard