Woman sentenced to 5 years after toddler dies in house fire

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Stayton woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after her toddler died in a house fire. The Statesman Journal reports  Jessica Pearce was convicted of criminally negligent homicide by Judge Tracy Prall Sept. 17. Pearce had entering a no-contest plea. Pearce will serve an additional three years of probation. Court records show a child neglect change and criminal mistreatment charges were dismissed. Pearce was away from home on Feb. 1, 2019, when Oregon State Police and firefighters responded to a house fire and found the body of 2-year-old Christopher James Pearce.