- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area woman faces a mandatory life sentence in a 4-year-old girl’s fatal beating.

The Tampa Tribune (https://goo.gl/YWQvMb ) reports that Pinellas County prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for 45-year-old Nikki Tyler Gardner-Bradley pleading guilty Monday to first-degree murder.

Authorities Gardner-Bradley and her boyfriend, 61-year-old Sylvester Carew, brought Zineah Taylor Johnson’s lifeless body into a St. Petersburg hospital in August 2008. An autopsy revealed signs of abuse and malnourishment.

Carew, the child’s grandfather, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in February 2013, also to avoid a possible death sentence.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com

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