ATLANTA -- A woman convicted of murdering her 8-year-old daughter has had her appeal rejected by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Valerie Carey and her husband Christopher were charged with killing daughter Quimani in a downtown Atlanta extended stay motel on Jan. 18, 2004.
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Carey pleaded guilty on all counts to avoid the death penalty. She later appealed the conviction, saying she was mentally ill and therefore should not have been allowed to plead guilty.
The state Supreme Court on Monday unanimously rejected the appeal and upheld Carey's life sentence, writing that "Carey's challenge to her guilty plea fails, and we affirm the judgment of conviction."
According to information presented in court, Christopher and Valerie Carey killed Quimani by strangling her, breaking her neck and limbs, and stabbing her with so much force that the knife blade broke. The little girl's two siblings witnessed her murder.
After killing Quimani, her parents stripped naked and removed their other children's clothes, and began walking down Piedmont Avenue in sub-freezing temperatures. Police eventually arrested them and later discovered Quimani's body at the Pine Street motel.