According to the Associated Press, several 911 calls were reported around 2 p.m. on May 12, 2022, and callers said a woman had repeatedly thrown her baby on the road.
When police arrived, they found Makaylia Jolley, 20, holding the severely injured child, according to the AP.
Medics arrived and took the newborn, Khalysie Lashay Jolley, to the hospital, where she died two days later.
According to authorities, Jolley was under the influence of drugs on the day her child was fatally injured.
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On Nov. 6, a judge sentenced Jolley to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her daughter, the Associated Press reported. The sentencing came after Jolley accepted a plea deal and admitted to the capital murder charge.
The AP reported that Jolley was in the courtroom for about 20 minutes at the sentencing and said little more than "yes, sir" or "no, sir" when the judge was questioning her.
Madison-Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett said the defendant could have faced the death penalty if she hadn't taken the plea deal.
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