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Sep 1, 2016 10:59 AM

NH woman convicted of negligent homicide in infant son's drowning death denied parole

CONCORD - Melissa Gutierrez , convicted of negligent homicide in the drowning death of her infant son, was denied parole Thursday.

Gutierrez was charged in 2013 to 5-10 years for letting her son Christian drown in a bathtub at 46 Wilson Hill Road in Merrimack in 2011.

In the 15-minute hearing in Concord, Gutierrez said,"I reconfirmed my vow to God, I re-baptized, I just kind of surrendered myself to try and do the right thing for myself and for my kids and I've worked very hard to let go of past stuff that was haunting me."

Adult parole board member Leslie Mendenhall said in the hearing, "you are overcoming a significant crime. A life was lost and we cannot forget that."

Gutierrez, who attended with her mother Patience Hibbard, had no comment following the hearing. Gutierrez is incarcerated at the Shea Farm transitional housing facility in Concord.

Guttierrez will be able to reapply for parole in three months.

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