Central Texas woman faces resentencing in 2008 death of son

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BELTON, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas woman serving 30 years in prison for the starvation death of her baby must be resentenced after her murder conviction was overturned.

Sources said Saturday that Nilda Iliana Rodriguez of Harker Heights faces a March court appearance in the new penalty phase.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last year ruled evidence did not support a murder conviction in the 2008 death of the woman’s son. The court changed the conviction to injury to a child, noting the mother’s omissions caused the death, not any specific act.

Rodriguez testified 2-month-old Deon Dejuan Griffin had trouble eating. He died at a hospital.

The penalty for injury to a child, depending on degree of the felony, ranges from two years to 99 years in prison.

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