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Man gets 40 years for killing infant daughter

Friday - 7/5/2013, 9:21am  ET

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) -- A Smithfield man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his infant daughter and abusing her twin sister.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/123E6L5 ) that 23-year-old Robert Molinksi was sentenced Wednesday in Isle of Wight Circuit Court.

The twins' mother, 24-year-old Mary Leanne Webb of Smithfield, was sentenced to three years in prison for failing to protect their daughters.

Webb testified Wednesday that she questioned Molinksi about bruises and burns on the 4-month-old girls early last year. But after Molinski said he was innocent, she didn't press the matter because she was afraid of losing him.

The couple's daughter Piper died two days after being taken to a hospital because she had stopped breathing. Piper's sister Ella now lives with cousins in Kentucky.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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