An eastern Pennsylvania woman acquitted of murder in the beating death of her toddler has been sentenced to 3½ to seven years on a conviction of endangering the welfare of a child.
The (Easton) Express-Times reports that a Lehigh County judge imposed the maximum sentence Monday on 35-year-old Essence James of Allentown.
A jury last week convicted James of the lesser charge but acquitted her of third-degree murder in the March 2013 death of Cordero James.
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Judge Maria Dantos said several jurors had told her that they believed James had killed the child but that her guilt hadn't been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
She said she hoped the defendant would be haunted by the child's death, telling her "I hope that every night you hear him scream."