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Tucson mom admits to abuse in her son's starving

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

A Tucson mother accused of starving her baby son has pleaded guilty to child abuse.

Pima County prosecutors say 23-year-old Ashley Kammerer entered her plea Tuesday to one count of child abuse under circumstances likely to cause death or serious physical injury. She could be placed on probation or receive between five and 15 years in prison when she's sentenced Jan. 3.

The Arizona Daily Star says Kammerer acknowledged she failed to provide necessary nutrition to her 23-month-old son.

Kammerer found out when she was five months pregnant that her third child would be born with a congenital defect. The baby weighed 14.1 pounds in June 2010 and just 14.5 pounds in September 2011.

Police say the boy nearly doubled his weight after being removed from his mother's home.

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