Woman who murdered Kansas toddler sentenced to nearly 27 years

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GARDER, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas woman who killed her fiance's 2-year-old daughter last year has been sentenced to nearly 27 years in prison.

Lindsey Thomasson was found guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the death of Presley Porting, who died in February 2017 in Gardner.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Covington said in April that Presley died from blunt force trauma to the head, injuries she suffered while Thomasson was babysitting her.

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The girl had severe bruising on her face and head and one of her eyes was swollen shut when emergency responders arrived.

Thomasson had told investigators that the girl was injured when a crutch fell and struck her on the head.

Thomasson got 26 years and eight months, but Presley's family tells KCTV that they got a life sentence.

“This is my beautiful little granddaughter. This is what’s left of her, these are her remains and these are the clothes she wore in her casket," said Martin Porting, Presley’s grandfather.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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