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Mother pleads no contest to charges in son’s abuse death

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MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin woman has pleaded no contest to felony charges in the child abuse death of her son in Two Rivers.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rena Santiago entered pleas to three amended charges including neglecting a child causing death in Manitowoc County court on Thursday.

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As part of a plea deal, the prosecutor said she recommends Santiago serve 20 years in state prison followed by 10 years of extended supervision when she’s sentenced in May.

Santiago’s 2-year-old son, Gilbert Grant II, died last April. Twenty-nine-year-old David Heiden pleaded guilty to causing the boy’s death while babysitting him and was sentenced earlier this week to life in prison. 

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