Officials say a 28-year-old Mansfield woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for failing to protect her 2-year-old daughter from an abusive boyfriend.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the child, now 4, has a debilitating brain injury and is in a permanent vegetative state. She lives in a nursing home for children in East Texas.
The jury took just over an hour Thursday to find Ryka Telan Hopper guilty of injury to a child by omission. They deliberated about 40 minutes Friday on the sentence. Hopper's daughter Ahnnakha was injured in July 2010.
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Prosecutors said Hopper failed to seek medical treatment or outside help for the child.
The boyfriend, Adam Palmer, is awaiting trial on two charges of injury to a child and aggravated assault.