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UPDATED: Warren woman sentenced in the death of her daughter

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WARREN, Ohio – A Warren woman convicted of killing her baby daughter is going to prison.

On Wednesday, 30-year-old Joy Hodge learned that she'll spend 15 years to life behind bars.

It was an emotional day in court for Hodge and the father of A'nana Brantley who says he'll never forget his little girl.

"I'll never stop thinking about her, you know, the way she smiled and, you know, her first walk," said David Brantley.

Witnessing the mother of his child in handcuffs was a somber reminder for Brantley that his daughter is gone.

A'nana's face graced the front of a shirt he wore in honor of her life, a life taken too early.

He still doesn't know why or how. "I still do love joy. I do forgive her for whatever it is that she did or you know, didn't do because, I still don't know actually what happened," Brantley said.

In her trial, that began in December, a jury found Hodge guilty on all counts; murder, felonious assault and child endangering in the death of her 16-month-old.

The girl was found dead in her crib in her Warren home September 6th of last year.

The coroner's office determined she died from blunt traumatic injuries.

Jury members reviewed dozens of pictures from the autopsy and crime scene.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Diane Barber says the evidence against Hodge was "very strong" and credits police with a thorough investigation.

Hodge's attorney plans to appeal her conviction.

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