Delaware

Former airman gets probation in toddler's death

  • Nicole Dudley pauses outside the Kent County Courthouse, in Dover, Del., after the sentencing hearing for Justin Corbett, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Corbett, a former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while Dudley, the boy's mother, was deployed overseas.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)

    Nicole Dudley pauses outside the Kent County Courthouse, in Dover, Del., after the sentencing hearing for Justin Corbett, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Corbett, a former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while Dudley, the boy's mother, was deployed overseas. (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Justin Corbett walks into the Kent County Courthouse for his sentencing in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while his mother was deployed overseas, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Dover, Del. The former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation. (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)

    Justin Corbett walks into the Kent County Courthouse for his sentencing in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while his mother was deployed overseas, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Dover, Del. The former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation. (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nicole Dudley, center, walks out of the Kent County Courthouse after the sentencing hearing for Justin Corbett, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Corbett, a former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while Dudley, the boy's mother, was deployed overseas.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)

    Nicole Dudley, center, walks out of the Kent County Courthouse after the sentencing hearing for Justin Corbett, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Corbett, a former airman at Dover Air Force Base was sentenced to 18 months of probation in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while Dudley, the boy's mother, was deployed overseas. (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A former airman at Dover Air Force Base has been given 18 months of probation in the death of a 21-month-old boy who was left in his care while his mother was deployed overseas.

Justin Corbett, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Evan Dudley, was convicted in July on the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

The judge suspended a maximum eight-year prison sentence for 31 days time served and probation, citing Corbett's lack of a criminal background and his exemplary military record.

Prosecutors, along with the victim's mother, had asked the judge to sentence Corbett to eight years behind bars.

Corbett maintained that the boy accidentally fell down a set of stairs after being left alone briefly with another child.