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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An 18-year-old Missoula woman has been given a three-year deferred sentence for a drug-making explosion at a University of Montana apartment last October that injured her and her 19-month-old daughter.

District Judge Ed McLean sentenced Virginia Marie Ervin Wednesday for tampering with evidence and child endangerment. If she meets the court's conditions, she could have the conviction removed from her record.

Prosecutors say Ervin remained in the apartment with her daughter despite knowing her boyfriend was using butane to extract hash oil from marijuana. An explosion blew out the windows and burned all three people in the apartment.

Court records say Patrick Austin called Ervin from jail and asked her to retrieve a backpack from the apartment that contained drugs, cash and a cellphone. Austin has denied five felony charges and remains jailed.

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