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West Texas man gets 5 years after baby drowns while he slept

Michael Wayne Livesay

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man must serve five years in prison after his 3-month-old daughter drowned in bathwater while he slept.

Michael Wayne Livesay of Lubbock was sentenced Tuesday. Livesay pleaded guilty to injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury. His daughter, Vera, died in the Sept. 23 incident.

Livesay told investigators that he planned to bathe Vera so he put her in the tub, turned on the water, then fell asleep on a couch. He awoke 15 minutes later and found her face down in the water. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Livesay in May received 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, from a previous domestic violence conviction. The prison terms will run consecutively.

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