N.H. court upholds conviction in bathtub drowning
A Manchester mother was taken into custody Tuesday, hours after the state Supreme Court affirmed her convictions for leaving her two young sons unattended in a bathtub while she scanned a website about free breast implants.
Hillsborough County sheriffs said they took Jessica Botelho, 26, into custody at her apartment and brought her to the state women’s prison in Goffstown to begin serving a five- to 10-year sentence for manslaughter, negligent homicide and reckless conduct.
Jessica Botelho’s 1-year-old son drowned in the bathtub of her Manchester apartment July 13, 2010, and her 2-year-old son suffered irreversible brain damage.
Botelho was convicted in February 2012.
On appeal, she argued that jurors should not have heard about the website, saying it was inflammatory and prejudicial.
But the court ruled evidence of her guilt was overwhelming and any error made by mentioning the site was harmless.