Mpls. Mom Sentenced To 10 Years For Death Of Daughter

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 23-year-old Minneapolis woman was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in prison for the second-degree murder of her daughter.

Deqa Mohamed Yusuf pleaded guilty to the murder charge in November and will spend 128 months in prison for the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

According to the criminal complaint, just before midnight on May 31, police were sent to Yusuf’s apartment. She was screaming that her daughter was dead, as Yusuf had left her daughter in a nearly full tub while she grabbed something from another room.

Police say her blood alcohol level was more than .20 at the hospital later on that night, and her daughter was pronounced dead on June 17 from the May 31 incident.

There had reportedly been efforts through child protection by friends and relatives to help Yusuf overcome her alcoholism and be a better parent.

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