Ga. woman sentenced in death of 11-month-old boy

9:53 PM, Oct 10, 2013   |    comments
Maria Owens booking photo in the Fulton County Jail.
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ATLANTA (AP) - A woman who ran an unlicensed daycare and has been convicted in the death of an 11-month-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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A Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced 44-year-old Maria Owens Thursday on charges of murder, aggravated assault and child cruelty in the death of 11-month-old Jaylen Kelly.

Officials say Owens ran a daycare out her Fairburn home, where Kelly was found unresponsive June 1, 2011.

When questioned by investigators, Jones says Owens told them she hit Kelly a few times on the side to clear up his cough.

Medical professionals testified that Kelly suffered a very hard bow to his back that caused internal bleeding and left him with a fractured spine. Blunt force trauma was cited as the baby's cause of death.

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