Woman Guilty in Death of Boyfriend's Daughter

6 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 01 2012 Oct 1, 2012 Monday, October 01, 2012 12:27:00 PM CDT October 01, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri woman will be sentenced in December for second-degree murder in the beating death of her boyfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

A Laclede County jury found 23-year-old Cheryl A. Patrick of Miller County guilty Friday of second-degree murder and abuse of a child. The jury recommended 20-year sentences for each count. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 3.

Prosecutors say Patrick beat Alexis Ward to death in February of 2008 while watching her and a 4-year-old. The child died two days later at a Columbia hospital.

The Lake Sun-Leader reports Patrick at first blamed an accident for the child's injuries and then tried to blame the girl's father before confessing to the crime.

The trial was moved on a change of venue from Miller County to Laclede County.

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