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A 32-year-old woman who claimed she killed her rebellious teen-age daughter during an argument over the girl's use of cocaine pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Maureen Belle of Los Angeles was charged with murder after prosecutors contended that she herself is a "coke freak" and that she stabbed Natasha Blacklock, 16, to death with a butcher knife June 2 after the girl went out to buy drugs and came home empty-handed.

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