Angela Swanson begins serving her sentence
By PETER KASPARI
Messenger staff writer
JEWELL - A Jewell woman has started serving a four-year prison sentence, after she pleaded guilty to charges relating to the death of her son.
Angela Swanson, 23, formerly known as Angela Meeker, pleaded guilty last August to obstructing a prosecution and being an accessory after the fact of a felony, both aggravated misdemeanors.
She appealed her four year prison sentence, but it was dismissed by the Iowa Supreme Court.
On Thursday, Swanson was taken to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale to complete her sentence.
Swanson was accused of knowing Michael Meeker had committed a crime, and tried protecting him by lying to investigators.
Meeker, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October 2009.
He admitted that he had killed Swanson's son, 15-month-old Tanner Doran, by punching the baby in the head.
The baby was found dead on Dec. 1, 2008 at 509 Decker St. in Jewell.
Swanson was originally charged with child endangerment resulting in death, but that charge was dropped shortly before Meeker's guilty plea.
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