Mother admits to sex with teen who killed her baby

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A woman admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old baby sitter who shook her 4-month-old son to death.

Sara Lacher, 24, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and faces six to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 7.

Lacher was sharing an Alliance apartment with teen-ager Dale Reed so he could watch her son Jaden while she worked, officials said.

Her attorney, David Smith, said in a statement that the relationship was supposed to be a child-care arrangement, but became more.

"Due to some inexplicable reason, the relationship turned into a limited, but sexual relationship," Smith said.

Reed, now 16, pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter and lying to police. He will serve 18 months for misleading investigators, plus a minimum of three years for killing the boy.

Reed faced murder charges, but the baby's family agreed to the reduced charges.

He told police that the baby was crying inconsolably and he "lost his cool."

Reed shook the 14-pound baby several times on Sept. 28, causing the infant to breathe abnormally and his arms and legs to stiffen, according to court testimony.

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