COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - A Bronson woman has been sentenced to a minimum of 38 months and a maximum of 15 years in prison in connection with the death a year ago this month of her infant daughter. 23-year old Mariela Flores Valle appeared in Branch County Circuit Court Monday after pleading no contest in January to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Five month old Diane Perez died of blunt force trauma to the head with a skull fracture.
The mother originally had been charged with murder and first degree child abuse in connection with the incident that was reported on February Fourth, 2012. Child Protective Services later removed the victim’s twin brother and two other children from the family’s home. Flores Valle was given 313 days credit for time already served in the Branch County Jail.