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Benton City Mom Sentenced to Community Supervision for Death of Child

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- A Benton City mother who pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter will not spend any time in jail.

Wendi Finkbeiner-Setzer was sentenced to 12 months of community supervision this Friday morning in Benton County court.

Prosecutors say she left her two daughters in a bath tub alone.  While she was away, her 1-year old daughter Piper, drowned and later died at the hospital.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 12 months in jail but Judge Robert Swisher felt differently, commenting in court that Finkbeiner will likely suffer with this for the rest of her life.

"She didn't deserve jail time, she's already paid a hell of a price," says Defense Attorney Larry Stephenson.  "I want her to get back to be the mother that she always was so her kids have a better chance because she's got to help them tremendously in the future."

Finkbeiner-Setzer must report to the Benton County Department of Corrections for the next 12 months.  She refused to speak to us on camera but said "Tell my community I'm sorry."