- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Twenty-four-year-old Kayla Moore pleaded no contest Monday in Bucks County to third-degree murder in the April 2016 death of Athena Wolfe.

Falls Township police said she reported her daughter in cardiac arrest, but doctors said the toddler had extensive bruises and appeared malnourished.

Moore called her conduct “careless” and wept as she said “I am ashamed, embarrassed, angry with myself and heartbroken.” She asked the judge to give her a chance to return one day to her surviving daughter.

But First Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore said the 22-pound child “was beaten, kicked and stomped to death.” He said “This was no accident. This was no mistake.”

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