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Mo. high court upholds conviction in death of baby

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a St. Louis County woman for the suffocating death of her daughter in 2008.

In a unanimous opinion issued Tuesday, the high court said there was sufficient evidence for a jury to convict Sharnique Jones, of Pine Lawn, of second-degree murder. Jones’ convictions for second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child also stand.

Authorities say Jones suffocated her daughter and tried to suffocate her weeks-old son by holding a cloth over his face. Police say the boy had been taken to the hospital several times because he had stopped breathing, prompting the inquiry into the girl’s death.

Jones is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for the murder charge.

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