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Woman Found Guilty of Beating 6-Month-Old

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A jury found a 21-year-old Great Falls woman guilty of assaulting and permanently injuring her boyfriend's 6-month-old daughter last year.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Thursday before finding Alicia Jo Hocter guilty of aggravated assault and criminal endangerment.

Prosecutors say Hocter repeatedly bashed Seraphina Bernardi's head against a wooden crib in February 2009 because the baby would not stop crying. The girl's father called 911 when he returned home about an hour later.

Witnesses testified that Seraphina is permanently blind and will suffer other health problems later in life.

Prosecutors say they will recommend a 30-year term when Hocter is sentenced on July 15. Earlier this year, District Judge Dirk Sandefur rejected a plea agreement that called for an 18-year sentence.


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