- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A prostitute who pleaded guilty in the beating death of her 4-year-old daughter in a Delaware motel room is due to be sentenced for second-degree murder.

Tanasia Milligan faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 5. She had been charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Police found Autumn Milligan unresponsive in a New Castle motel room shared by her mother and Willie Reeder in August 2014. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Reeder was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison last year after pleading guilty to felony child endangerment.

State child protection officials had previously conducted four investigations into Tanasia Milligan but determined that repeated complaints of abuse and neglect of her daughter and young son were unsubstantiated.

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This story has been corrected to show the sentencing date is Feb. 5, not Friday.

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