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'Dancing mom' gets 3 years for girl's death

CBC News, April 11 2005

TORONTO – A woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for abandoning her young daughter to die in a sweltering apartment.

Last fall, Clara Dasilva pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the September 2002 death of her two-year-old daughter, Adrianna.

The court heard that Dasilva, 25, left the toddler unattended for 33 hours during hot weather.

The child was left alone after her mother failed to return home after a night of dancing.

An autopsy revealed that Adrianna died of dehydration.

The Crown had sought a prison sentence of eight to 12 years, while Dasilva's lawyer asked for a conditional sentence and probation.