- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CAMERON, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally beating her 2-year-old foster daughter.

Jurors found 55-year-old Sherill Small guilty of capital murder on Tuesday before the sentencing.

Authorities found Alexandria Hill unconscious in July 2013. They say her head had been smashed against the floor. The toddler died in August 2013 after being taken off of life support.

Hill had been placed in Smith’s Rockdale home by a state foster-care contractor.

Small’s attorney says her client will appeal the sentence.

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