Raven Senegal

A Lafayette woman who pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the smothering death of her baby was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Raven Senegal, 21, received the minimum sentence in the death of Miracle Senegal, who was almost 6 months old when she died Jan. 29, 2014, at their Zim Circle home.

Raven Senegal, who admitted no guilt in her no contest plea, will receive credit for time served under the sentence handed down by 15th Judicial District Judge Ed Rubin. She’s been held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center since her April 2, 2014, arrest.

Senegal was arrested and charged with first-degree murder two months after the baby’s death, when an autopsy revealed Miracle’s cause of death was asphyxiation by plastic bag.

Prosecutors said they reduced Senegal’s charge to manslaughter because she suffered abuse as a child.

A manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of zero to 40 years in prison, but a minimum of 10 years is required if the victim is under the age of 10.