Mother gets 25 years for infant's skull fracture

April 24, 2012 11:58:33 AM PDT
A West Texas mother convicted on charges of fracturing her weeks-old daughter's skull has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A judge on Monday sentenced 20-year-old Jasmine Nicole Francis of Lubbock on two counts of intentional injury to a child. The girl, Ja'niyah, was 5 weeks old when she was injured in February 2011.

Authorities say the girl may have survived because a piece of skull broke off, allowing for relief from brain swelling.

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports that the infant's grandmother took her to the hospital after noticing a bump on the baby's head.

Francis, who faced up to 99 years in prison, testified that she tripped while carrying the girl, and the infant's head hit a wall. A jury found her guilty this month.