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Maiden Rock woman pleads guilty to deadly crash

ELLSWORTH - The day she was to go on trial, a Maiden Rock woman agreed to a plea agreement for her role in a fatal 2006 crash.

Kristin Baum, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of homicide by vehicle-use of a controlled substance.

Another felony homicide charge will be dismissed - along with several unrelated charges - as part of the deal.

Blood tests allegedly show that Baum had morphine, methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system the night of the crash that killed another Maiden Rock woman - 64-year-old Gladys Jakes.

Baum crested a hill, crossing the center line and hitting Jakes head-on, according to the criminal complaint filed in Pierce County Court.

Authorities also found marijuana, meth, a medication to treat excessive sleepiness, and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle Baum was driving.

The crash happened June 21, 2006, in Maiden Rock Township on 160th Avenue.

Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle is asking for a 12-year cap on Baum's sentence. Five of those years would be spent behind bars, the rest under extended supervision.

Baum is expected to give birth in just over a month, her attorney said in court this week. Sentencing will be scheduled for sometime after she gives birth.