Visalia woman gets prison time for daughter's death

The Fresno BeeJuly 15, 2014 

A 34-year-old Visalia woman was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison after she was found guilty of child abuse resulting in death in Tulare County Superior Court, District Attorney Tim Ward said.

Nicole Lee left her 3-year-old daughter with her violent boyfriend, Ryann Jones. The child, Natalynn Miller, sustained numerous injuries while in Jones' care that caused her death. Jones was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Lee was sentenced to four years in prison for child abuse and an extra four years for the special allegation that the crime resulted in death, Ward said.

During Tuesday's sentencing, Lee's defense attorney asked for a new trial and bail for Lee, but both requests were denied.

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