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Quantico woman gets 8 years in baby's murder

Thursday - 5/23/2013, 12:01pm  ET

Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Quantico woman has been sentenced to eight and half years for fatally shaking and fracturing the skull of a 9-month-old girl that had been left in her care.

Amy Hunter pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder in the 2011 death of Chelsea Peterson. At the time, Hunter lived on Marine Corps Base Quantico with her husband and provided day care for Peterson, whose family also lived on base.

Court records indicate the baby died from violent shaking that resulted in the baby's head hitting a wall.

The plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence somewhere between five and 19 years when Hunter at sentencing Thursday in federal court in Alexandria.

The defense sought the minimum sentence; prosecutors and Peterson's family sought the maximum.

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