Mother Sentenced for Drowning Autistic Son

Investigators said that Patricia Corby, 26, admitted to drowning her son Daniel in a bathtub last April

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:48 AM PDT
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Mother Accused of Murdering Son

Patricia Corby sobbed during her first court appearance in September 2012.

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Mother Accused of Murdering Son

Police arrested Patricia Corby, 36, on Saturday night. She has been accused of murdering her 4-year-old son. Danya Bacchus reports.

Mother Accused of Murdering Son

Police arrested Patricia Corby, 36, on Saturday night. She has been accused of murdering her 4-year-old son. Danya Bacchus reports.
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A woman who pleaded guilty to drowning her 4-year-old autistic son was sentenced 15 years to life on Monday afternoon.

Investigators said that Patricia Corby, 26, admitted to drowning her son Daniel in a bathtub last April. Corby then drove her son to the police station, flagging down an officer and telling him she'd just killed her son. The officer then saw the body in a blanket in the backseat of Corby's car.

The child was not breathing and medics were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Corby was arrested later that day.

Daniel had some form of autism and Corby was learning new ways to teach her son, one neighbor told NBC 7 San Diego.

During her first court appearance last year, Corby sobbed, yelled and cried loudly when a witness mentioned her son’s name.

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