Mother who threw baby off bridge pleads guilty, gets prison

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed the woman's childhood of abuse and neglect was tragic

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A mother says she threw her 20-month-old son off a bridge into an eastern Pennsylvania river because she wanted him to go to heaven.

Twenty-one-year-old Johnesha Perry pleaded guilty on Friday to the baby’s May 2015 death. She told the judge she picked Zymier Perry out of his stroller and tossed him off an Allentown bridge into the Lehigh River because she “wanted to die with him and go to heaven.”

She also jumped but managed to reach shore.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach sentenced Perry to 20 to 40 years in state prison on the third-degree murder charge. She will be eligible for parole after she turns 40.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed the woman’s childhood of abuse and neglect was tragic. The judge urged her to have hope.

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