40 years for mother who put bleach in girl's eyes

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TACOMA (AP) — A woman who repeatedly put bleach into her young daughter's eyes was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Jennifer Mothershead, 31, of Buckley was convicted last month of first-degree assault of a child.

Mothershead's then-14-month-old daughter was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center on May 12, 2011, for a head injury, but doctors also found bruising and eye infection. A doctor told detectives the girl's eye infections were consistent with injuries caused by bleach.

The girl's condition improved once removed from her mother's care, but doctors have said her vision may never be normal.