Woman sentenced for strangulation death of infant

Candace Parrow, 25, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. [Image credit: Lancaster County District Attorney's Office]



Mar 3, 2020


An Elizabethtown woman will spend nine to 20 years in prison for killing her 4-month-old daughter in 2018.


Candace Parrow, 25, pleaded no contest, guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder and related counts in December for the strangulation death of Camillia Mulero in July 2018. Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright sentenced her Monday.


Under state law, guilty but mentally ill means Parrow, "as a result of mental disease or defect, lacks substantial capacity either to appreciate the wrongfulness of (her) conduct or to conform (her) conduct to the requirements of the law."


Wright said Parrow "had a mental health diagnosis, but she was intelligent enough to understand the significance of her actions," according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's office.


Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield told Wright that Parrow was "smart enough to lie to the police about what happened," according to the prosecutor's office.


Parrow's defense attorney said "Parrow has intellectual disabilities and suffered from postpartum depression," the prosecutor's office said.


Mansfield didn't challenge the diagnoses but said Parrow cancelled doctor appointments and took other steps to disconnect from treatment and social services, the prosecutor's office said.


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