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Alpine mother gets 4 years in connection with daughter’s death

SAN DIEGO -- An Alpine woman who pleaded guilty to child endangerment in the death of her 18-month-old daughter -- allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend -- was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison.

Lillie Golden Brown, 22, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Wiliey Foster, were arrested after Leah Brown-Meza was found dead inside the motor home the couple shared on Dec. 6, 2016.

The toddler's death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma and Foster was charged with murder and assault on a child.

His trial last month ended with a hung jury. A retrial is scheduled next month.

During Foster's trial, Deputy District Attorney Chantal de Mauregne told jurors that he killed Leah, while his attorney claimed the girl's drug-addicted mother was responsible.

Brown testified against Foster, saying she went out with her cousin the night before her daughter was found dead, when Foster was taking care of the child.

But defense attorney Gretchen von Helms said Leah suffered a variety of injuries over several days before her death, pinning those injuries on Brown or other people who had access to the infant. She urged jurors to remember that two doctors testified the tot's fatal injuries might have been caused by accident at the same time she broke her arm when she fell down the stairs of the motor home.