Conviction upheld of NM mom in son's death

September 22, 2011 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction for a New Mexico mother who left her 26-year-old mentally disabled son dead on the bathroom floor in his own waste for an [auth] extended period of time.

The Farming Daily Times reports ( that the state Court of Appeals rejected Wednesday claims by Sandra Greenwood that jury instructions were confusing to jurors and that that prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence for a conviction.

The 64-year-old Bloomfield resident was convicted in May 2009 of second-degree neglect of a health care resident resulting in death after her son, Jared, who suffered from severe mental retardation and autism. He was found dead on the bathroom floor covered in human feces, dirt and garbage.

Greenwood was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in September 2009.

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