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Lakeland woman Tivasha Logan gets life in baby daughter's death

4:34 PM, Jul 12, 2012   |    comments
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LAKELAND, Florida (AP) - A Lakeland woman has been sentenced to life in prison for starving her 5-month-old daughter to death.

A Polk County judge sentenced 27-year-old Tivasha Logan on Thursday. She was convicted last month of first-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter of a child.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports Logan and the baby's father, 29-year-old Chauncey Gardner, had watered down the baby's formula, and she wasn't getting sufficient nutrition to survive. Gardner is awaiting trial for first-degree murder and other charges. He remains in jail. 

Officials say Chauntasia should have weighed about 14 pounds, but was just 6 pounds when she died. She was found dead Nov. 1, 2009.

Logan's attorney has said his client never intended to harm the child.

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