Texas woman sentenced to 45 years in prison in beating death of 2-year-old daughter

A Texas woman was sentenced to 45 years in prison for beating her 2-year-old daughter to death because the child was crying. Emma Rodriguez, 27, had faced life in prison without parole. She pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence, according to reports.

The sentencing was held Thursday in San Antonio. “I was frustrated at the time,” Rodriguez told Judge Kevin O’Connell, according to KSAT-TV. “She kept crying.”

San Antonio police found Beautiful Rodriquez unconscious in her crib in 2015, according to the station. Rodriguez admitted to violently slapping her daughter and then tossing her into a crib, causing her death, the station reported.

She was pregnant at the time and caring for seven children, including Beautiful.

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