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April sentencing set for Va. couple in abuse case

Thursday - 2/21/2013, 9:49am  ET

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) -- An Isle of Wight couple will be sentenced in April on charges stemming from the death of their infant daughter.

Media outlets report that 23-year-old Robert Molinski faces up to 80 years in prison. Twenty-four-year- old Mary Leanne Webb faces up to 15 years in prison.

Molinski pleaded guilty Wednesday in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, child abuse and malicious wounding charges. Webb pleaded guilty to child abuse charges. They're scheduled to be sentenced April 29.

The couple's 4-month-old daughter, Piper Molinski, died in February 2012. Investigators said the baby's injuries included a skull fracture, cracked ribs, burns and bruises.

Piper's twin sister, Ella, suffered similar abuse but survived.

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