WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- A Waukegan mother was sentenced to 43 years in prison for beating her daughter to death, officials said.
Nicholette Lawrence admitted to punching 11-year-old Raashanai Coley in the abdomen in 2014.
Authorities said the little girl had suffered long-term abuse by her mother, and was often locked in a closet and beaten.
An autopsy revealed the girl had significant scarring and numerous cigarette burns on her skin.
The judge called the mother's treatment of her daughter evil.
Waukegan mom sentenced to 43 years for beating child to death