NEW YORK — A 38-year-old mother who admitted smothering her 1-year-old child in the restroom of a Manhattan burger restaurant had been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Latisha Fisher pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter in the March 2015 death of her son, Gavriel Fisher.

Authorities say Fisher was arrested after she was discovered by restaurant staff in the bathroom of 5 Boro Burger holding her son, who was foaming from the nose and turning blue.

The New York Post previously reported that Fisher suffers from schizophrenia. She told police the devil made her do it. She claimed she was protecting her son by putting him to sleep with her hand.

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