BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - A Bronson woman is scheduled to be sentenced today in Branch County Circuit Court in the death a year ago this month of her 5-month old daughter. 23-year old Mariela Flores Valle faces up to 15 years in prison 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.