RICHMOND Ky. (WKYT) - A couple who admitted to killing their baby girl last year found out today, between the two of them, they will spend 60-years behind bars.
William and Diana Dawes pleaded guilty to the crime last month. After their seven-month-old daughter, Serenity, died from a fractured skull in July 2011.
Madison County Circuit Court Judges Julia Adams agreed with the Commonwealth's recommendations to sentence William Dawes to 35-years in prison on murder and criminal abuse charges. Diana Dawes was sentenced to 25-years on manslaughter and criminal abuse charges.
Shortly after the child's death State Police said William Dawes told investigators "three different stories." Dawes told police when Serenity stopped breathing, he went to a neighbor's home to have them call 911. The girl was first taken to a hospital in Richmond and later to UK where she died. Both Daweses' claimed their daughter's injuries were caused by an accident in the beginning.
Police said Diana Dawes "lied to police to cover up the death of her daughter and failed to take the girl to a hospital after she knew the child had suffered injuries from her father's abuse."
"We are pleased that the judge sentenced as we recommended," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith. "It's a serious crime that warranted a very serious sentence and that's what we believe they received."
It remains unclear where the husband and wife will serve out their respective sentences.
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