Eastern Carolina Mother Going To Prison For Murdering Her Baby

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A mother is headed to prison after pleading guilty to killing her baby.

The Duplin County District Attorney says Cynthia Chesnutt entered the plea to second degree murder in the November 2007 murder of her 21 month year old daughter.

Authorities say she shook her baby to death.

Chesnutt was sentenced to 15 to 19 and a half years in prison.

Authorities say Chesnutt is a mother of 5, and say her 21 month old was not breathing when authorities responded to her home in Magnolia fifteen months ago.


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  • by Kristin Location: Not Sure on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    It cost more taxpayer dollars to put someone to death than it is for a person to stay in jail and rot to death because of constantly going in and out of court. If anything they should give her life in prison. That and most people would rather be put to death than go to prison since it is an easy out. I believe her kids should be taken away from her pronto, give her life in prison, and no visitation with her 5 other children. But in a sense, people should really learn by now that it is VERY easy to shake a infant to death, therefore, STOP DOING IT!
  • by me2 Location: nc on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    I've heard of women going to prison for killing their child, and getting pregnant in prison
  • by David Location: Pinetown on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:09 AM
    I agree with "Me" how much does it cost the taxpayers to incarcerate sombody now ? How much have we paid to keep charles manson locked up for all these years ? They should have killed him 30 minutes after he was sentenced .
  • by LC Location: NC on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    She will get her's when she goes to prison..A mother of 5 how sad!!
  • by me Location: here on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    My personal opinion here.. Women who hurt or worse, end their childs life dont deserve to have more children. I am not one to judge cause that she will have to do before her maker!
  • by Max Location: NC on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    It doesn't actually say how old this monster is. To get up to 19 years is pathetic. She could get out and some more children. Scarry. I'm with (Me) eye for an eye.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 17, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Can we bring back hanging people?
  • by Me Location: Ayden on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:49 AM
    I disagree that justice has been served. justice would have been taking the mother and shaking her until she died. Now she gets to spend many years doing nothing while we pay taxes to support her. Bring back an eye for an eye and public executions.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Feb 17, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    I surely hope that her other children are out of this home. She is not going to be liked when she gets to prison. I am glad that justice was served in this case. Fly with the angels sweet baby girl!
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