A Summers County woman has been sentenced for her part in the November 2010 death of her 18-month-old daughter, Isabella Danielle Hurley, according to a Summers County Circuit Court spokesperson.
Cristen Lynn Hurley, 24, of Hinton, was sentenced to one to five years
for her Sept. 2 guilty plea to felony gross child neglect,
a lesser included offense of count two of the original charge of child abuse resulting in injury and child neglect causing death.
Hurley’s sentencing follows the trial of her live-in boyfriend, James R.L. Meadows, 20, of Talcott, who was originally charged with murder and death by a custodian. Meadows was convicted Sept. 16 of second degree murder
by a Monroe County jury.
During last month’s trial, Meadows, who took the stand, blamed Hurley for the injuries
that caused Isabella’s death. Meadows originally told police the girl’s injuries came from a series of falls, but during his trial, he recanted his original statement, and said instead he had personally witnessed Hurley striking the child multiple times all over her body, blaming her for the Isabella’s injuries.
He said he hadn’t told police before because he was covering for Hurley.
Meadows is currently serving time at Southern Regional Jail.