Tulalip woman pleads guilty in child-neglect death

A Tulalip woman who left her two young daughters in a filthy car while she used drugs pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of one child and criminal mistreatment for neglect of the other girl.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is recommending a prison sentence of eight to 13 years for 38-year-old Tulalip Tribes member Christina D. Carlson when she is sentenced July 21 in Seattle.

Carlson pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors for the October 2012 death of her 19-month-old daughter and neglect of the other girl, who was nearly 3 years old. They were covered in human waste when emergency responders found the car parked on the Tulalip reservation.