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They said she stepped away long enough for the tub to overflow and water to drip to the floor below. Her son, Christian, drowned.

Gutierrez testified Monday she was had unplugged the drain and gave the boys some toys. She then went to do some cleaning and look for some food for them. Her older son asked for a towel, and eventually she noticed the water dripping through the floor.

“JJ was in the back of the tub and Christian was floating in the water,” The Telegraph of Nashua reported Gutierrez said.

She said her life was filled with drugs, death and hardship and that she is angry with herself for what happened.

“If I hadn’t walked away, my son would still be alive and that’s something I have to face,” she said. “I personally can’t help feeling like God wanted him, maybe more than I did. Maybe God needed him. Maybe it was to save my life. Maybe Christian had to die to save my life.”

Gutierrez can petition the court to suspend the final year of the minimum five years if she completes parenting, life skills and mental health courses.

Amtrak: Subsidy cuts would jeopardize service

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak’s president says long-distance trains and some short-haul routes would be jeopardized and service in the busy Northeast corridor might have to be slowed if federal subsidy cuts proposed by a House subcommittee are realized.

Iowa Republican Rep. Tom Latham is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee. He proposed a fiscal 2014 transportation budget Tuesday that includes $950 million in operating and capital subsidies for Amtrak, nearly a third less than the railroad received last year.

Amtrak’s Joseph Boardman says the House has decided the nation should be connected by train service but doesn’t want to pay for the money-losing routes to needed to achieve that.

He says Amtrak lost $558 million on long-distance service last year but profited from its high-speed Acela service in the Northeast.

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