Woman gets 14 years in prison for child abuse

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Pima County woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison in connection with a child abuse case.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Rhiannon Dee Whitney was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of five counts of child abuse in July.
    
Authorities say Whitney and her fiancee, Michael Brown, were taking care of a 2-year-old girl in their home in 2013.
    
They say the child had bruises all over her body and a serious infection from not getting medical treatment.
    
County Sheriff's officials say the girl had suffered injuries to her face from blunt force trauma, but those injuries were untreated for so long that bacteria had set in and eaten away significant oral and facial structures.
    
Brown has already been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the case.
 

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