- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls woman has been sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections after being convicted of assaulting her 6-month-old daughter prior to the baby’s death in September 2012.

District Judge Dirk Sandefur sentenced Jasmine Eskew on Wednesday, giving her credit for 20 months already served. The agency will determine Eskew’s placement, which could include treatment programs or pre-release centers.

Eskew initially told investigators she had been alone with her daughter Brooklynn and had violently shaken her. Eskew was charged with deliberate homicide and assault on a minor.

She later said her then-boyfriend had also been at the residence at the time Brooklynn was injured.

A medical examiner concluded the infant died from blunt force trauma and defense attorneys argued the boyfriend could have caused the fatal injuries. No charges have been filed against the boyfriend.

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