Ex-foster mom sentenced to 6 months in death

Kimberly Kolliner

Ex-foster mom sentenced to 6 months in death

CREATED Oct. 22, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson woman convicted in the 2005 death of her foster child will serve six months in prison.

The Arizona Daily Star reported (http://bit.ly/1a9HwCs) Tuesday that Penny West was also sentenced to four years' probation.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez said at Monday's sentencing that the jail term was appropriate since West hadn't shown any remorse in 16-month-old Emily Mays' death.

Prosecutors say the girl died of a blunt-force head injury while in West's care.

They say doctors who treated her found extensive brain damage like one would sustain in a fall.

West's conviction was initially set aside due to insubstantial evidence but the Arizona Court of Appeals reinstated it in 2010.

Her attorney plans to appeal the sentence.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

 

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