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De Soto mother Rachel Perez convicted in shocking child abuse case

Photos of those involved in the Rachel Perez child abuse case. Perez is now serving a 102-month sentence after pleading guilty to child abuse and attempted second-degree murder for leaving her 6-year-old son in the attic of her home in De Soto last August.

Jason Billam, Perez’s court-appointed defense attorney, who after hearing testimony at the preliminary hearing, advised Perez to plead guilty. Billam says that had the case gone to trial, a jury could have doubled her sentence. Billam contends that Perez’s actions were “reckless,” but that the woman lacked the intent to kill her son.

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