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POST, Texas (AP) — A 38-year-old West Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after she was convicted of capital murder for the fatal shooting of her 2-year-old daughter nearly three years ago.

Ashlee Dean had contended she was innocent of the death of her child, Alexandria Dean. She testified she remembered only hearing a loud boom and then saw her daughter dead on the floor.

Evidence showed Dean had high levels of methamphetamine in her system at the time of the Feb. 20, 2014 shooting. Testimony also showed Dean has a history of drug abuse.

Garza County sheriff’s deputies who responded to Dean’s 911 call testified during the weeklong trial that ended Friday they found drug pipes at the home in Post, about 40 miles southeast of Lubbock.