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Mom strikes plea deal in pillow case

A West Valley City woman accused of trying to smother her 16-year-old daughter with a pillow has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Carole Lynn Martin, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree felony child abuse during an appearance in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed a charge of second-degree felony attempted murder.

The charges stem from an April 14 incident in Martin's home, where police said she got into an argument with her daughter. Police claim Martin hit her daughter repeatedly with a ruler. When the teen ran into her bedroom, Martin put a pillow over her face, "attempting to smother her, yelling: 'Stop breathing! Why won't you stop breathing, you (expletive)?"' West Valley City police wrote in court documents.

A judge ordered Martin to undergo a pre-sentence evaluation before she is sentenced on Dec. 10.