Mom serving prison time for girl's death denied parole

HOUSTON

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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