Sierra Day and Deonte Lewis Each Get Life Sentences

(Cleveland) - The killers of 4-year-old Aniyah Garrett each got Life.

Aniyah's mother, Sierra Day, was sentenced Wednesday to Life Without the Possibility of Parole in the death of the girl.

Her boyfriend, Deonte Lewis, also received a life sentence, but with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years of the sentence.

Aniyah Garrett died of a stroke caused by blunt force trauma, after months of physical abuse at the hands of Day and Lewis. Her death led to changes in procedure for the Cuyahoga County Social Services Department, who neglected to take the child out of the mother's home. It also led to the revocation of license and closing of the day care center where Aniyah spent her weekdays. The business noted bruises and other injuries on the little girl, and documented it internally, but never called social services or police with their findings and suspicions that Aniyah was being serially abused.

Day and Lewis were found guilty of murder after less than a full day of jury deliberation. Wednesday's sentencing marked the penalty phase of the trial.

The blunt force trauma to the head that eventually ended Aniyah's life happened approximately two weeks before she was taken by her mother to a hospital.

Photos: Ken Robinson/WTAM

Copyright: IHeartMedia, 2019

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