Mom serving prison time for girl's death denied parole

Abigail Young, the mother convicted in the death of her four-year-old daughter Emma Thompson, has been denied parole a second time and it will be several years now before she's eligible again.

September 20, 2013 4:32:30 PM PDT
Abigail Young, the mother convicted in the death of her four-year-old daughter Emma, has been denied parole a second time and it will be several years now before she's eligible again.

Emma Thompson was raped and beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend, Lucas Coe, in 2009. Coe is serving a life sentence.

Abigail Young was found guilty of reckless injury to a child, a third degree felony, and sentenced to 20 years. Young was given her first chance at parole just 18 months after being sentenced, and came up again for parole this year -- and again denied. Now she'll have to wait at least five years because of "Emma's law."

It was passed just a few months ago. It changes state law so instead of parole hearings annually, people convicted of any felony against a child -- whether first, second or third degree -- will have hearings every five years.

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