KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A jury in southwestern Michigan has convicted a woman of murder in the death of her daughter on the girl’s fourth birthday.

On the witness stand, Daveeta Walker denied abusing her children. She says she told Kalamazoo police a different story about “whooping” Kharisma Richardson because she felt threatened.

Walker was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and other crimes. She’ll spend her life in prison.

Kharisma was found dead in March. Walker says she picked up her daughter to wish her a happy birthday and “noticed her feeling funny.” She says the child was in someone else’s care the previous night.

There were scars, bruises and burns on Kharisma. Her death was due to complications from multiple injuries.

Assistant prosecutor Michael Stein says Walker had an “absolute disregard” for Kharisma.

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