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Sep 13, 2012 3:03 PM

Madison County Couple Sentenced In Baby's Death

A Madison County couple who admitted beating their baby to death were sentenced in the case Thursday.

Last month, 28-year-old William Dawes pleaded guilty to murder and criminal abuse in seven-month-old Serenity Dawes' 2011 murder. The baby's mother, Diana Dawes pleaded guilty to lesser charges of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal abuse.

In court Thursday, William Dawes was sentenced to 35 years in prison, and Diana Dawes received a 25 year sentence.

Serenity Dawes was beaten to death, suffering from a broken leg, broken ribs and brain damage.


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