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Arizona Supreme Court to rule on mother's sentence

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court rules Wednesday on the sentence for a Mesa woman convicted of killing her 10-month-old daughter.

Shawnte Shuree Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse in the 2004 death of Labraiya Huff.

Jones had called 911 and said her daughter had stopped breathing, and she was found injured and unconscious. The child died at a hospital after showing no brain activity and being taken off life support.

An autopsy found that the girl died from blunt force trauma, and police said the baby weighed only 10 pounds and appeared malnourished.

Prosecutors appealed after a lower court ruled that Jones' 17-year sentence for child abuse can run concurrently with her life sentence for murder. The life sentence allowed for the possibility of release after 35 years.

Follow this story: Mesa Woman Sentenced in Baby Daughter's Death

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