- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge mother has been convicted on murder and cruelty charges in the June 2013 death of her 11-month-old daughter, who died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Multiple media outlets report that 30-year-old Ashley Heard was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile Thursday night by an East Baton Rouge Parish jury.

Prosecutor Kathleen Barrios says Heard was criminally negligent in failing to protect her child, Aaliyah Heard, from abuse at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend, Larry Leflore, who is accused of fatally injury the infant. Leflore has yet to be tried on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty.

Heard, who will be sentenced Oct. 21 by state District Judge Richard Anderson, faces a mandatory term of life in prison on the murder count.

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