BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In August, a jury in East Baton Rouge Parish found Ashley Heard, 30, of Baton Rouge, guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in connection with the 2013 death of her 11-month-old daughter, Aaliyah.
Heard was sentenced to mandatory life in prison; a sentence that comes with a conviction of second-degree murder. She was also sentenced to an additional 40 years for the second degree cruelty charge.
District Attorney Hillar more says they did not seek the death penalty in the case.
After the jury deliberated for three hours during the trial, the verdict was read. Heard was visibly upset as the verdict was read.
In the last day of testimony, prosecutors showed graphic autopsy photos of Aaliyah which showed deep bruising to the child's face and a large burn mark on her leg. The burn mark was a big as a golf ball, and the child also had broken bones. The child's cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
The prosecutor said that Heard was indeed ultimately responsible for the child's death by allowing obvious abuse at the hands of her boyfriend and the child's purported father Larry Laflore.
Laflore is charged with first-degree murder in this case but has yet to stand trial. His trial date is set for August 15, 2016.