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Woman sentenced to four years in young son's death

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Jessica Rogers Jessica Rogers
Dreydon Webb Dreydon Webb
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INDIANAPOLIS -

A woman who pleaded guilty in the death of her seven-year-old son has been sentenced to four years in prison, to be followed by two years of probation.

Jessica Rogers, who was 29 when she was arrested after the Dec. 8, 2012 fatal fire, pleaded guilty to felony neglect. Her son, Dreydon Webb, died in an apartment fire sparked by a meth lab.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Rogers. She also faced a cocaine possession charge.

Rogers was accused of causing an explosion and fire while trying to make "shake and bake" methamphetamine.

"I messed up and it blew up in my face," Rogers allegedly told a witness at the scene.

Detectives said Rogers showed little remorse or emotion about the death of her son during interviews. She also told police she had taken four Xanax pills, smoked marijuana and drank gin and vodka the night before the fire.

Investigators say Rogers had splash burn injuries on the neck and chin but was not otherwise injured from sustained exposure to the fire. Neighbors reported a chemical "tiki torch" smell that night.

"The fire was too hot. I couldn't stand the heat. It felt like acid was burning me," Rogers told investigators during questioning.

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