- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

QUITMAN, Texas (AP) - An East Texas mother must serve 40 years in prison over the 2014 deaths of her two daughters whose battered bodies were found in their home in Quitman (KWIT’-man).

Officials say Daphne Elizabeth McDaniels was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury in a plea deal in Wood County.

McDaniels originally faced two capital murder counts in the July 2014 deaths of 3-year-old Gabriella Guerrero and 1-year-old Natalye Price. An autopsy determined the girls suffered blunt force injuries.

Police found the victims when responding to a report of two children not breathing.

A man who dated McDaniels awaits trial on charges of reckless endangerment to a child and tampering with evidence.

Quitman is 80 miles east of Dallas.

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