COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The mother of a 7-month-old Lexington County child will spend the rest of her life in prison without parole after her conviction of homicide by child abuse.
Heather Marie Lawson, 23, received life in prison on the charge following three days of testimony, according to Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard's office.
Throughout several days of interviews, Hubbard's office said, Lawson's story changed. Evidence collected found Addyson was in Lawson's care for the entire day of her death.
Judge Knox McMahon, who saw photos of Addyson's injuries, gave the sentence.
"I am taking into account the totality of the circumstances – that a 7-month-old child is totally defenseless and helpless," McMahon said.
Lawson was transferred to the state Department of Corrections to begin her sentence.