WARREN - A 30-year-old Warren woman declined to say anything today before a judge sentenced her to life in prison for the murder of her 15-month-old daughter in the fall of 2011.
Instead Joy Hodge cried while standing in front of Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who presided over a jury trial in Hodge's case last December. Hodge is eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
Hodge was particularly emotional while listening to the baby's father, David Brantley, say that he wasn't mad at her.
"But we don't have our daughter here anymore," Brantley said, adding later that he didn't have much time to spend with A'nana Brantley, who died of blunt force trauma to the head, face and neck. The child also suffered a lacerated liver.
Brantley wore a T-shirt with his daughter's photo on the front. "I miss her smile," he told reporters.
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