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20 Years for Mother in 'Anayah's Law' Fatal Child Abuse Case


FREDERICK, Md. (AP)- A judge in Frederick has sentenced a woman to 20 years in prison for failing to prevent her husband from killing their 21-month-old daughter Anayah in a case that prompted state child-welfare reform legislation.

Stephanie Williams was sentenced Tuesday. She was convicted last week in a plea deal of first-degree child abuse resulting in death.

The judge suspended another 20 year and says he'll recommend referral to the Patuxent Institution, a state prison focused on mental-health treatment.

Police say Frankie Williams has acknowledged beating the girl. He's pursuing an insanity defense.

Anayah died in March 2014, several weeks after she was returned to her parents from foster care despite indications of earlier abuse. Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll sign a bill called Anayah's Law, aimed at preventing more such cases.

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