Mom sentenced to 50 years in jail for toddler's death

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HOUSTON - A woman was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday after she was charged with injury to a child in 2012. 

According to the Harris County District Clerk's Office, Toni Tavarez, 25, was sentenced for abusing her own 19-month-old daughter. The child got multiple fractures and died as a result of her injuries, according to court documents.

Houston police said Tavarez's daughter was taken to Bayshore Hospital on June 18, 2012 and was later transferred to Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

Detectives said the toddler suffered multiple skull fractures and brain swelling.

The toddler was declared brain dead on June 19, 2012 and died after being removed from life support on June 20, 2012 according to court documents.

Police said Tavarez told them during an interview on June 19, 2012 that she found her daughter unresponsive, vomiting and convulsing at her home on June 18, 2012.

Tavarez talked to police again on June 27, 2012 and told them she may have snapped or blacked out and unintentionally caused her daughter's injuries, investigators said.

Detectives said Tavarez showed them how she hit her daughter's head on a dresser. She said after she did that, she laid down on a couch, according to court documents. Tavarez said another one of her children woke her up and she later got in the shower and tried to revive her daughter, investigators said.

According to court documents, doctors determined that the toddler's injuries were not from being hit against household furniture. Doctors said the injuries the child suffered were consistent with "multiple enormous impacts to the back of the head," according to court documents. "The force required for the massive skull fracture was that equal to a fall at approximately 60 mph," court documents read.

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