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Mother, boyfriend found guilty in death of girl, 4

March 7, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Cleveland has convicted a woman and her boyfriend in the death of the woman’s 4-year-old daughter.

Jurors deliberated nearly a day before finding 24-year-old Sierra Day and 27-year-old Deonte Lewis guilty on Thursday of aggravated murder and other charges in the death of Aniya Day-Garrett last March. The girl was found unresponsive at an apartment and was pronounced dead soon after arriving at a hospital.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Medical Examiner’s Office said the girl suffered a stroke caused by a blow to the head inflicted between 10 days and two weeks before she died. A deputy medical examiner testified at trial that Aniya was malnourished and died slowly.

Messages seeking comment were left Thursday with the attorneys representing Day and Lewis.