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Woman Sentenced to 22 Years in Child's Death

Posted: Jul 10, 2013 8:59 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jul 10, 2013 1:20 PM

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BRUMLEY, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri woman was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the child abuse death of a toddler in 2008.

Thirty-seven-year-old Roshell Dawn Johnson was sentenced Tuesday in the death of 20-month-old Ocean McCoy, who was injured at a home in Brumley shared by Johnson and the baby's father.

Johnson pleaded guilty in April to voluntary manslaughter and child abuse. Prosecutors said the child suffered severe brain injuries due to shaking and head trauma inflicted by Johnson.

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard said the plea agreement required a sentence of 10 years for manslaughter but left sentencing on the child abuse up to the judge.

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