- Associated Press - Saturday, December 31, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death by abuse of her 3-year-old daughter.

Attorney General Matt Denn’s office announced the guilty plea and sentencing of 24-year-old Detoshia Spence on Friday. The case was unusual because it was the first to be prosecuted by Denn himself since he became attorney general.

Nyeisha Spence died in April 2015, and her mother reported finding the girl dead on a couch in her Delmar home. Evidence indicated the girl had been beaten repeatedly.

Detoshia Spence pleaded guilty to charges including second-degree murder and child abuse. She was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Scott Bradley to 15 years’ incarceration.

Spence’s public defender did not immediately return a message on Saturday.

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