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Bridgette White sentenced to life without parole in death of 4-year-old girl

Posted July 27

— A judge sentenced Bridgette White to life without parole in the death of Aaliyah Smith, 4.

White took an Alford plea in the case. On Thursday, a judge sentenced her to life without parole for aggravated murder and eight year for child endangering.

Aaliyah Smith's autopsy results suggest multiple blunt force injuries and signs of neglect. Police arrested and charged Smith, 24, in connection with the death of the child.

White is charged with child endangering. Court records say White grabbed the child to punish her during a tantrum and blacked out and can't remember what happened because of drug abuse.

First responders were called to a home on Shadowlawn Drive in Toledo where they found Smith unresponsive.

The County Coroner says Aaliyah suffered "multiple blunt force injuries and signs of neglect and malnourishment." The coroner said a cause of death is pending further investigation and toxicology.

Another child in the home at the time was placed with child protective services.

White is the girlfriend of the dead girl's father. A Lucas County prosecutor tells 13abc she was in White's care.


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