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Wise County, Va., mother sentenced in death of 2-year-old Emma

Brandie Baldwin Brandie Baldwin
Juwan Moore Juwan Moore

A Virginia mother pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2012 murder of her 2-year-old child rather than stand trial.

Wise County Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Adrian Collins confirmed Brandie Baldwin was given an effective 14-year prison sentence in the death of her young daughter Emma.

Baldwin's trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday with jury selection, but she pleaded guilty instead to one count of felony murder and three counts of felony child abuse in Wise County Circuit Court. She was given 30 years for the murder charge, with 16 years suspended. One of the abuse charges got her 10 years and the other two five years each. All sentences were ordered to be served concurrently, resulting in the 14-year sentence.

Baldwin immediately began serving her time, Collins said.

Following her release, Baldwin will be on probation for 15 years.

Emma was 2 when she was killed in October 2012. In November that year, Baldwin and her boyfriend Juwan Moore were indicted in the death of Emma.

Moore pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder and two counts of felony child abuse in January. He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Collins said prosecutors were ready to go to trial and had approximately 30 witnesses ready to testify in the case when Baldwin announced her intentions to plead guilty Monday.

Court began at 9 a.m. and adjourned shortly before 11 a.m.

Collins said Emma's father took the stand and read a statement about how his child's death has affected the family and the love he had for Emma. A representative for Baldwin also read a poem she had written expressing her love for Emma.

Baldwin also faces charges stemming from an arrest by Virginia State Police in January.

Investigators said she sold pills to undercover agents while out on bond.

She was scheduled to appear next in court on those charges Sept. 2.

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