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Muskegon Man Sentenced in Drowning
(2007-11-07)
(wgvu) - MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A Muskegon County man will be sentenced
next month following the accidental drowning deaths of his
5-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old cousin.
Thirty-year-old Chillum Oudsema of Muskegon Township pleaded no
contest Monday to two felony counts of second-degree child abuse.
Oudsema's sentencing hearing is December 5th. Before the plea,
Judge James Graves Jr. committed to giving him no state prison
time.
Courtney Oudsema lived with her father and her cousin, Serenity
Meinders.
Authorities say the man was supposed to be watching the girls
when they drowned August 1st at home in their unused backyard pool.
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