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San Antonio mother sentenced to life in prison for death of her 4-year-old daughter

WOAI San Antonio 11/2/2022 Melissa Vega
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SAN ANTONIO --  A Bexar County Jury sentenced 39-year-old Jessica Briones to life in prison on Tuesday for causing the death of her daughter.

On Monday Briones was found  guilty of the 2017 murder of her 4-year-old daughter Olivia. The jury took only an hour of deliberation to return that guilty verdict.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office says evidence showed Briones took her daughter to a police substation on Sep. 5, 2017.   The child was unconscious with injuries to her body, including a subdural hematoma, a large swollen bump to the back 

of her head, an obvious deformity to both arms and other bruises and scars on her body and head from previous trauma.  Briones, the sole caretaker of Olivia, said her daughter fell and made other excuses for her daughter’s injuries. Olivia died at a 

hospital from what the medical examiner determined was the result of complications of closed head injuries.

“This little girl suffered at the hands of her own mother. She should have celebrated so many milestones. I appreciate the hard work of our team and this jury to finally get justice for Olivia,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

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