12-year prison sentence for Spokane Valley mother who killed daughter

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Valley woman was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old daughter.

Skye Metcalf, 27, was arrested and charged with the murder of her daughter, Skarlette, in June. Court documents show Metcalf brought Skarlette, who was unconscious, to the Valley MultiCare Hospital on Monday, June 11. Skarlette died minutes after being admitted to the hospital.

Metcalf originally told investigators she had tripped and fallen while holding Skarlette. An autopsy later showed the baby's injuries were not caused by an accident and her death was ruled a homicide. Metcalf then admitted to forcing the baby into her bassinet face-first and punching her twice in the head after an argument with the baby's father.

In July, Metcalf entered a guilty plea of second-degree murder. 

In arguing the maximum sentence of 18 years, Metcalf's defense team says she grew up with physical and sexual abuse in the foster care system. The judge also noted that Metcalf confessed to what she did and that she had no prior felony convictions.

Metcalf sobbed as she read a statement before Thursday's sentencing.

"Part of me died that day," said Metcalf. "I didn't just lose my precious daughter; I lost my family, my friends, the love of my life. I lost my freedom and my future."

The baby's father, Anthony Stedford, also read a statement. 

"I don't believe that she meant to even do it," he said. "I feel that it was just a spur of the moment thing."



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