CENTER, Texas -- An East Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of her 5-month-old daughter who was beaten, bitten and smothered.
A Shelby County jury on Tuesday found 30-year-old Shakeitha Cartwright of Center guilty of capital murder. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty so the mother received an automatic life prison term for the January 2013 death of Keilly (KY'-lee) Hoyt.
Prosecutors say the baby's skull was fractured and her back was broken. An arrest affidavit says Cartwright told police she lost her temper then hit, bit and shook the baby. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma and smothering.
Cartwright must serve life in prison with no possibility for parole.