- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A Denver woman accused of beating her 2-month-old daughter to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Denver Post reports https://goo.gl/T0eBhk ) 22-year-old Kelsy Newell-Skinner pleaded guilty Tuesday in the death of her daughter, Natalee Hurst-Skinner. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

The infant was admitted to the hospital July 27, 2014, with multiple signs of abuse. Doctors discovered she had multiple skull fractures, broken ribs, severe bruising, bite marks on her thigh and brain damage.

Natalee died four days later.

An arrest affidavit says Newell-Skinner texted her ex-boyfriend saying “she must have been very drunk last night because she just woke up and the baby had been beaten.”

She faces up to 48 years in prison when she is sentenced May 20.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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