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Justice at last for baby girl murdered at birth! Florida woman, Tonisha Lache Crowell, gets life sentence for killing her infant

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Florida mother accused of killing newly born daughter convicted by Okaloosa County jury
Mother-of-three, Tonisha Lache Crowell, 33, was found guilty of first-degree murder in death of her infant
Crowell was sentenced to life in prison for killing her daughter Ricki, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla
Crowell’s baby daughter was found dead inside a plastic trash bag in a ditch outside a home Crowell shared with five others, in Feb 2014
She was charged with premeditated murder in late Feb 2014, soon Ricki’s body was found mixed with household thrash
Emotional family members, including her children and Rickey Patterson, the father of the murder victim, embraced one another, tears streaming down their faces, after the verdict
Tonisha Crowell 2.jpgTonisha Lache Crowell has been found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of her newborn baby and will spend the rest of her life in prison.
 A woman from Fort Walton Beach, Florida has been found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of her newborn baby and will spend the rest of her life in prison.
Discarding defence arguments that baby Ricki’s umbilical cord had ruptured during what had been an unexpected birth, meaning the little girl was dead at birth, a jury deliberated about four hours Wednesday before returning with its verdict against Tonisha Lache Crowell, 33.
Circuit Judge John Brown passed sentence immediately after jurors were polled to confirm their unanimous decision.
Then 29-year-old Tonisha Crowell was charged with premeditated murder in late February of 2014, soon after her newborn daughter, Ricki, was discovered inside a plastic bag, filled with household trash, that had been stashed in a ditch outside the Fort Walton Beach area home she shared with five others.

Prosecuting attorney Angela Mason said Crowell had purposely hidden the fact she was pregnant from people around her.

Crowell had not spoken of the pregnancy and gave birth alone in a downstairs bathroom because she was planning all along to dispose of the child, Mason said: “She had months to decide what to do with this baby,” Mason said in her closing argument, citing evidence indicating Crowell learned in October, 2013 of the impending birth.
“She never intended, when she delivered her, she never intended for this baby to live.”
Defense attorney Donald Witmyer contended, unsuccessfully, that blood evidence found in the bathroom indicated the child’s umbilical cord had ruptured during what had been an unexpected birth and little Ricki was dead at birth or shortly thereafter.
Witmyer said Crowell had panicked after the birth, leading her to make terrifically bad decisions regarding the disposal of the body.
“She sat down to have a bowel movement and a baby came out. That’s not normal, that’s not expected,” Witmyer said in closing. “That causes panic to the point of hyperventilating.”

Tonisha Lache Crowell 4.jpg29-year-old Tonisha Crowell was charged with premeditated murder in late Feb 2014, accused of killing er her newborn daughter, Ricki. The baby was discovered inside a plastic bag, filled with household trash,  in a ditch outside the Fort Walton Beach, Fla home
Tonisha Crowell 1.pngTonisha Lache Crowell listens as the sentence was read out Wednesday

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