Jury convicts Tennessee day care owner of killing 6 year old girl

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A jury has found a former McMinnville day care owner guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a 6-year-old and the abuse of her two older brothers.

The jury later recommended a life sentence for 41-year-old Sherri Mathis on Tuesday in the 2004 death of Cheyenne Delp. Mathis is being held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced April 23.

She didn't show any emotion as the jury foreman read the guilty verdicts on all nine criminal counts, including two charges of first-degree murder by aggravated child abuse and neglect.

Mathis was also found guilty on charges of aggravated child abuse for beating and choking Cheyenne and her brothers, David and Ryan.

Defense attorneys argued that Delp's prescription medication caused her to have a fatal heart attack. Mathis had custody of them because their parents had legal issues.

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Information from: Southern Standard, http://www.southernstandard.net

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