The fate of a 24-year-old North Carolina mother, Jamie Basinger, was decided on December 11, 2017. Basinger pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for her son’s death, but instead of serving further jail time, she may soon walk free.
It appears that Jamie Basinger may soon walk out of jail after her three-year-old son, Landyn Melton, froze to death outside while she slept with drugs in her system. Here are the details of the case.
How Did Landyn Melton Die?
According to sources, Jamie Basinger, 24, told the authorities that she put Landyn to bed on March 14, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. Investigators believe that the boy then somehow made his way out of the house in Morganton, North Carolina. He tried to get back inside but was unsuccessful.
The temperature that night was in the 20s with a wind chill as low as 4°F.
Basinger was asleep and she claims she didn’t hear him crying. She was tested for several illegal substances and the results were positive. She admitted to smoking meth two days before Landyn was found dead and marijuana the night before, according to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert.
Lippert said, “She didn’t hear him. She didn’t hear him leave the room. Didn’t hear him leave the house. Didn’t hear him banging on the door. She was asleep while he was freezing to death.”
Smudged fingerprints on the door appeared to indicate that Landyn had tried to get inside the house.
Landyn froze to death outside his home and was found lying on the front porch on March 15.
The Verdict for Jamie Basinger
The authorities arrested Jamie Basinger in April. She plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter on December 11 and received a split sentence that includes 36 months of supervised probation and 19 to 32 months of prison time.
But since Basinger also received credit for the 245 days she was in custody, she will only serve additional time if she violates the terms of her probation.
Her attorney, Frank Webster, told the court,“Jamie has not done well at all since Landyn’s death… She didn’t understand this—it didn’t make sense to her. When this happened, when she saw Landyn laying on the porch, she broke down in tears, falling on the ground. She’s really never stopped crying since.”