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Mom gets 15 years for drowning autistic son in bathtub

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub.

U-T San Diego said Patricia Corby, 37, was sentenced on Monday, about a month after giving a tearful guilty plea in the murder of her son.

Several distraught relatives spoke to Corby before the sentencing, including the boy’s father, Duane Corby, who called her “a loathsome person.” After several angry family comments, she moaned “Stop, stop.”

On March 31, Patricia Corby drove to a police station and told authorities she had killed her son, Daniel, by filling a bathtub and holding the boy under water until he died. His still-wet body was wrapped in a blanket in her back seat.

She later told an investigator that her entire life was dedicated to caring for her son.

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