Nashville mother gets 20 years in prison for baby's death - WKRN News 2

Nashville mother gets 20 years in prison for baby's death

Posted: Updated: April 11, 2014 01:18 AM
Neena Costanza, 22, was given 20 years in prison for reckless homicide and aggravated child neglect. Neena Costanza, 22, was given 20 years in prison for reckless homicide and aggravated child neglect.
Authorities said Costanza‘s daughter, Eloise, died on July 9, 2012 after she was left with her mother's boyfriend, Jacob Hughes. Authorities said Costanza‘s daughter, Eloise, died on July 9, 2012 after she was left with her mother's boyfriend, Jacob Hughes.
Jacob Hughes is charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. Jacob Hughes is charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville mother pled guilty for the 2012 death of her 17-month-old daughter Thursday.

Neena Costanza, 22, was given 20 years in prison for reckless homicide and aggravated child neglect.

Authorities said Costanza‘s daughter, Eloise, died on July 9, 2012 after she was left with her mother's boyfriend, Jacob Hughes.

The couple communicated during the day via Facebook and, at one point, Hughes sent Costanza a picture of Eloise with a bruise on her cheek, but the child was conscious.
 
He later sent her a message saying the baby was in distress.

Costanza rushed home and called 911.  Eloise was taken to a hospital with a skull fracture where she died the next day.

According to a press release, authorities found several months worth of pictures showing the baby with bruises on her face and body after Costanza dropped her phone in the ambulance.

Hughes is charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

His trial date is set for June 16.

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