A Michigan mother who admitted to causing the death of her second baby learned her fate this week.
Lisa Rae Bryan, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 to 22 1/2 years in prison for the November 2016 death of her 1-month-old daughter, Isabella Powrozek. According to MLive, Bryan claimed she was breastfeeding Powrozek when she fell asleep and awoke for find her daughter not breathing.
The Petoskey News-Review reported that Bryan admitted in court to causing her child’s death by failing to practice safe sleeping practices. Police said Bryan suffocated her daughter when she dozed off with her in bed.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Powrozek was born October 6, 2016, with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, also known as narcotic withdrawal. Police also claimed the Michigan mother had a long history of drug addiction, according to the News-Review.
Bryan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter as a habitual offender. In turn, prosecutors dropped charges of second-degree murder and obstructing police.
Alarmingly, this is the second time the mother has stood trial for her baby’s death.
Bryan, then known as Lisa Zillman, was convicted in Oklahoma in 2011 for the drowning death of her 2-month-old daughter, Hannah. The News-Review wrote that the mother was under the influence of alcohol, methadone, and Xanax when she passed out in the tub with Hannah, causing her to drown.
Convicted of second-degree manslaughter, records indicated that Bryan served about a year of a four-year sentence.
[Featured Image: Lisa Rae Bryan/Emmet County Sheriff’s Office]