A judge followed a jury's recommendation Friday and sentenced a woman to 10 years for her role in the 2005 death of her infant daughter.
Last month, a jury convicted Samantha Monahan, 21, and her ex-boyfriend, Roy Rankin, in the slaying of Monahan's 6-month-old daughter, Cecilia Alvarado.
Cecilia died of severe blunt-force trauma to the brain on Aug. 22, 2005, according to authorities. An autopsy showed that the baby's arms and legs also had multiple fractures, some of which were 3 to 4 months old. The autopsy showed that she had sustained "repeated contact with some hard, flat surface," authorities have said.
Rankin and Monahan initially told police that Monahan's son, Miguel Alvarado, who was 2 at the time, might have caused the baby's fatal injuries.
Rankin, who was found guilty of murder and criminal abuse in Cecilia's death, was baby-sitting the child that day. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week in Cecilia's death and will be eligible for parole in 17 years.
Monahan's attorney, Jerome Baker, told Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark during Monahan's sentencing Friday that his client was a good candidate for probation.
"I don't think there is any doubt that Samantha Monahan loved her child," he said. "There's nothing punitive that could be done to her that hasn't happened already."
Monahan, whom Baker described as a "person of good character," had no criminal record before she was charged with criminal abuse, and she had been on good behavior during the four years she was out of jail on bond, Baker said.
Monahan also has gotten married since Cecilia's death and has had another child, Baker said.
"There's nothing to suggest that Miss Monahan would be dangerous to children if she would receive probation," Baker said.
Monahan also appealed for probation.
"I'm not dangerous to children," she said while crying. "I've never hurt any child."