Pennsylvania appeals court upholds conviction of West Virginia woman in son's hotel drowning

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PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction of a West Virginia woman serving a life sentence for drowning her 2-year-old son in a Pittsburgh-area hotel bathtub.

Thirty-six-year-old Sharon Flanagan, of Inwood, West Virginia, was convicted and sentenced in 2013 for the July 2012 death of her son, Steven.

He died five days after Flanagan told police she found him face-down in a hotel room tub while they were on a trip to a water park.

The appeals court rejected her claims that statements she made to police should have been kept out of trial evidence because she wasn't given a Miranda warning, and that searches of her computer — which show she researched child drowning days before the boy's death — were illegal.

She was convicted of first-degree murder.

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