Frisco woman sentenced to 8 years in prison over fire that killed toddler son of her boyfriend


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DENTON, Texas — A North Texas woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison over a house fire that killed the 2-year-old son of a man she was dating.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1p3mHhw ) reported Tuesday that Toni Barnett of Frisco reached a plea deal in the 2010 fire that left 2-year-old Braylen Smalls dead.

Investigators have said Barnett and the boy's father, Christian Smalls, argued prior to the fire in Carrollton. Each blamed the other for setting the blaze.

A Denton County jury last November deadlocked in Barnett's trial.

Barnett last week pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received an eight-year prison term. She also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to two years. The terms will be served concurrently. Murder and arson charges were dropped.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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