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Disturbing testimony: Mother awaits sentencing in baby beating death

Alasundria Avery, 21 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Alasundria Avery, 21 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)

Disturbing details surrounding the beating death of a 1-year-old Shreveport girl were revealed on the witness stand Thursday during a sentencing hearing for her mother.

Alasundria Avery, now 21, was initially charged with first degree murder in the death of her baby Denise Avery. She later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and now faces up to 40 years in prison.

Avery reportedly told investigators she beat her baby because she wouldn't stop crying.

Now, a Caddo Parish judge is weighing the testimony he heard Thursday in court before deciding how long Avery should spend in prison for the death of her child.

The lead Shreveport detective in the case, Rod Demery took the stand and testified that the little girl had bruising and redness around the buttocks and vaginal area. Demery said that Avery admitted to hitting the child in those areas.

A former teacher of Avery's also took the stand and detailed a childhood that was traumatic, saying Avery had poor hygiene, very few friends, and struggled with a learning disability.

The teacher also testified that Avery confided in her that she had been molested.

Demery had previously testified that during the investigation into the baby's death he uncovered information that Avery's brother had been having sex with her since she was a young girl. Demery said that prompted him to arrest Avery's brother.

The judge's decision on Avery's sentence is expected next Tuesday.

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