Appeal by Convicted Mother Rejected

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It was a case that caught the attention of the region -- the death of a four-year-old with the child's mother and her boyfriend charged for it. Now, a Houston appeals court has rejected Abigail Young's request that the conviction be overturned.

According to the Brenham Banner-Press, the court found no reason to change the jury's verdict, which landed Young with a 20-year prison sentence back in July of 2010. The Brenham native was working as a nurse when her daughter, Emma Thompson, died in June of 2009.

Emma had a skull fracture, broken ribs, 80 bruises and signs of sexual assault. Her mother's boyfriend, Lucas Coe, was convicted of enhanced aggravated sexual assault. He received 99 years in prison with no parole opportunities.

Young was convicted of reckless serious bodily injury to a child by omission for not protecting Emma from Coe, who had a prior record of abuse.

Young's lawyers argued unsuccessfully that testimony not allowed in the trial that could have helped their client should have been heard by the jury, and would have shown Coe was capable of keeping a non-threatening facade around kids.

To see the complete report from the Banner-Press, click on the link on the left side of this story.

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