Milwaukee woman pleads guilty to killing 14-month-old son

Milwaukee resident Nora Zylstra, 37, plead guilty to first-degree reckless homicide regarding the death of her 14-month-old son.

The charges stem from allegations that she suffocated her 14-month-old son, Leonidas Fisher, with a pillow at their home on March 9, 2014. The child’s body was discovered in his crib during a welfare check that was called in to the police.

Zylstra suffers from mental illness and was entered into a plea bargain, reducing her charge from first-degree intentional homicide to first-degree reckless homicide.

Deja Vishny, Zylstra’s defense attorney, said that even if her client is suffering from a mental illness and is currently taking medication for her condition, she has the absolute competency to proceed with the trial and is “more than anxious to resolve this case”.

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