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UPDATE: Post Falls Babysitter Sentenced To 13 Years

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge sentenced Amanda Skogen to thirteen years in prison, four of which are fixed.

Skogen pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in December for the death of 3-year-old Cohen Johnson. Skogen was Cohen's babysitter, and on October 4, 2010, she pushed him to the ground causing him to hit his head, when he later died.

Today, there was hardly a dry eye in the packed courtroom as Cohen's mother showed pictures of him on the screen. Jennifer Gamble described her young son as a happy young boy that made every day something special.

"He would have been such a boy," said Jennifer Gamble, Cohen's mother. "Paintballing with his dad, hanging out with his friends."

Both of Cohen's parents talked about how difficult life has been since he died.

"A month from today I should be celebrating Cohen's fourth birthday," said Jeremy Johnson, Cohen's father. "Instead I will be visiting the quiet lonely burial site."

"The hardest thing may be that I can't trust anyone. People that I had close to me, people that I have just met, people that have to take care of my daughter now," said Gamble.

Skogen broke down in tears several times as more than a dozen family and friends testified on her behalf. They all said despite what happened they would still trust her to watch their kids. At the end, Skogen had the opportunity to speak.

"I don't want people to think that I hate children or continually wish them harm," said Amanda Skogen. "I hope that I have the opportunity to still prove that I'm a good person that made a terrible life changing mistake."

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UPDATE>> A Post Falls Babysitter  who killed a 3-year-old has been sentenced to 13 years in prison with four of those years fixed. Amanda Skogen pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter.

POST FALLS, Idaho - The 26-year-old babysitter accused of killing a three-year-old she was watching pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday afternoon.

Amanda Skogen pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and will be sentenced in February.

Prosecutors say Skogen violently shoved 3-year-old Cohen Johnson to the ground which resulted in a fatal injury.

Officers responded to the 500 block of North Elm Road for a report of a 3-year-old boy who was breathing but unresponsive. When officers arrived on scene  they were told by the babysitter she was attempting to remove urine soaked clothes from the child when he became "limp."

Medical personnel arrived on scene and transported the child to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene. Initially medics believed the child might have ingested something that caused him to slip into his unresponsive state.

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