Crewmember pleads guilty in boy's death

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The first Coast Guard petty officer to be sentenced for a boy's death in a 2009 boating accident received a reprimand Wednesday as punishment for being derelict in her duty.

Boatswain's mate Third Class Brittany Rasmussen, 26, pleaded guilty in a court-martial to failing to tell the driver of a 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat that her view of the water was blocked.

The family of 8-year-old Anthony DeWeese called the punishment a "slap on the wrist" for Rasmussen, who originally faced more serious charges along with the boat's pilot and another crew member.

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