- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman was sentenced to five years in prison in the death of her 4-year-old son.

The sentencing on Tuesday of Jade Murray of Aurora came after she pleaded guilty last week to second-degree domestic assault. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the December 2014 death of Skylar Bradley.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1Or60Zs ) Murray was accused of hitting her son hard enough to knock him off his bed, causing his back to hit his brother’s bed. The boy died later at a Springfield hospital.

An autopsy determined he had a ruptured spleen and also suffered bruises across his body.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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