PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A Berkeley County woman will be sentenced in December for drowning her 2-year-old son in a hotel bathtub near Pittsburgh last year.

Sharon Flanagan, 34, of Inwood, will likely spend the rest of her life in prison without parole following her conviction Friday in Allegheny County on a first-degree murder charge.

Her son, Steven, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the Best Western in Green Tree on July 1, 2012.  He died five days later at a Pittsburgh hospital.

Flanagan originally claimed it was an accidental drowning that happened when the boy got stuck in the bathtub the night before she planned to take him Sandcastle, a nearby water park.

During her trial, though, prosecutors claimed Flanagan killed the boy because she was mad her husband had been granted more than half of the custody rights for Steven during their divorce.

In the days before the boy’s death, investigators said computer records showed Flanagan searched for “leading cause of toddler death” and topics related to Casey Anthony on the computer at her Inwood home.

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  • Rose Petal

    She got what God said to give her.He was the final judge. He was my great nephew.Parkersburg.W.V.and I am satisfied My nephew will never be the same.I can still see that little boy in that casket.That image will haunt me til I die..as long as she's never free.she should have to live with it for the rest of her life.Plus the magistrate said she could have him back after she had threatened to kill him.She and her psychairtrist in Ohio should be held accountable as well.We've suffered enough.Killing her won't bring Steven back or erase the pain and grief.This is not about politics.This is how our whole family feels.

  • DWL

    Should be "death" but another liberal bleeding heart state abolished the best penalty. Have yet to see one to which the sentence is carried out, ever commit another crime.