Lauren Kay Dean: Mom gets life after bedridden daughter, 7, with Down syndrome found dead while she PARTIED

Lauren Kay Dean: Mom gets life after bedridden daughter, 7, with Down syndrome found dead while she PARTIED
Lauren Kay Dean pleaded guilty to the murder of her daughter Jordynn Barrera to avoid the death penalty (Bay City, Texas Police Department and Lauren Dean/Facebook)

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BAY CITY, TEXAS: A Texas mother, who pleaded guilty to the 2020 murder of her daughter Jordynn Barrera on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, received a life sentence along with 20 years in prison for child endangerment. Lauren Kay Dean on January 30, 2020, allegedly left her three children at home to go to a bar called Shades to party with her friends. Jordynn, 7, who passed away due to ill care and negligence, was found dead in the house by the police while they were conducting a welfare check.

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Dean's daughter Jordynn had Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, and was bedridden. She required constant, round-the-clock care and needed a feeding tube. Dean's negligence towards her resulted in the death of the youngster as the mother of three abandoned her children to hit the club with her friends.

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Authorities received a complaint against Dean on January 30, 2020, claiming the mother of three left her children at home to go to a bar called Shades. Police in Bay City arrived shortly at Dean's residence to do a welfare check. When law enforcement spoke to Dean, she alleged offered to let them come in to show the children were well. Upon investigating, police noticed seven-year-old Jordynn was dead, according to ABC13. Dean pleaded guilty to the murder as part of a bargain to avoid the death penalty and to avoid a jury trial on October 5, 2022.

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Dean's two other children, aged five and three months, respectively, were also found at the apartment. Dean was subsequently charged with murdering the youngster by neglecting her. Jordynn was a non-verbal child who had been diagnosed early on with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Authorities reported the child needed constant round-the-clock care and said the girl was only able to eat through a feeding tube.

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Dean was arrested and booked into the Matagorda County Jail on three second-degree felony charges -- abandonment, endangering a child, and imminent danger bodily injury, according to the records, reports Daily Mail. Dean pleaded guilty to capital murder of a person under the age of 10 and three counts of child abandonment.

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