Vermont mother pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in smothering death of infant son


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BURLINGTON, Vermont — A Vermont woman has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the smothering death of her infant son.

The Burlington Free Press reports ( ) that 27-year-old Rosemary Gile entered the plea Thursday in superior court.

Court records show she had a blood alcohol level of 0.132 shortly after police were called to her Burlington home July 22 on a report of an unresponsive baby.

Prosecutors say Gile was sleeping with the nearly 4-week-old baby, Saunder, when she smothered him. He died July 30.

State's Attorney T.J. Donovan says he opted for a charge of involuntary manslaughter because it was not intentional. But he said it was a crime because of the allegations of drug and alcohol use while sleeping with a newborn.

The legal limit to drive is a blood alcohol level of 0.08.

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