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Woman whose 4-year-old daughter was fatally beaten is heading to prison


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman whose boyfriend was convicted in the 2013 beating death of her 4-year-old daughter in Columbus has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1Me0mZo ) 30-year-old Jessica Lawrence was sentenced Wednesday on child endangering and permitting child abuse charges.

Authorities say Lawrence came home in November 2013 to find her daughter unconscious. Instead of getting help, investigators say she dressed the girl, put her in a car and went to pick up her other child. That caused a three-hour delay before she called 911.

Lawrence says she made a horrible choice by not helping her daughter sooner. But a judge says she didn't act on signs her daughter was being abused by Michael McDaniel.

McDaniel was sentenced to 20 years behind bars in August.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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