WOMAN MUST PAY FOR DEATHS RESTITUTION LINKED TO CIVIL CASE.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer
LANCASTER - A Lancaster woman jailed 3 1/2 months for the deaths of two foster children she left in her sweltering swel·ter·ing
1. Oppressively hot and humid; sultry.
2. Suffering from oppressive heat.
swel SUV was ordered Thursday to pay any monetary judgment that might result from a pending civil lawsuit.
As part of her punishment for her involuntary manslaughter The act of unlawfully killing another human being unintentionally.
Most unintentional killings are not murder but involuntary manslaughter. The absence of the element of intent is the key distinguishing factor between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. conviction, Leslie Smoot, 49, was ordered to pay restitution in accordance with any judgment in the civil lawsuit filed by the boys' parents, who were not in court Thursday.
``You are ordered to in good faith comply with any civil judgment in that case,'' Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung said.
Smoot was sentenced in March to six months in jail for the deaths of Nehemaiha Prince-Smith, 3, and Dakota Prince-Smith, 5, after she pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter.
Smoot surrendered April 13 to start serving her sentence and was released July 30.
Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef said the boys' parents' attorney at the time of sentencing had agreed upon Adj. 1. agreed upon - constituted or contracted by stipulation or agreement; "stipulatory obligations"
noncontroversial, uncontroversial - not likely to arouse controversy Thursday's date for a restitution hearing.
Mokayef also said she mailed a notice about the hearing to the mother's address but it came back unable to forward.
``There's no other way to do it but that way because we couldn't have a restitution hearing here today,'' Mokayef said outside of court.
Smoot's attorney, Michael Eberhardt, said restitution pursuant to civil judgment is subject to Smoot's ability to pay.
``If there's a civil judgment against her, the court can require her, if she has the ability to pay, to pay it,'' Eberhardt said after the hearing.
The boys' parents, Twila Prince and David Smith Jr., in April filed a wrongful death The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.
If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of a person or persons, the decedent's heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action lawsuit against Smoot, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County, and Trinity Children & Family Services, a foster family agency.
The boys died July 8, 2003, after being left in Smoot's Cadillac Escalade The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle sold by the General Motors luxury brand, Cadillac. It was the division's first major entry into the popular SUV market. for five hours in near-100-degree heat outside her Lancaster child care center.
As part of her sentence, Smoot also was ordered not to do foster care or day-care work for the five years she is on probation and to perform 2,000 hours of community service and get counseling.
Smoot said at the sentencing that she forgot to take the boys out of the sport utility vehicle when she arrived at the day-care center day-care center: see day nursery. and did not realize they were still in the vehicle until she went to leave for the day.
A former bus driver of handicapped children who has been a foster mother for 18 years, Smoot said she loved the boys and treated them as if they were her own children. She said she had taken in 55 foster children. She adopted or became the legal guardian of some of those children.
Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744