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Waco woman sentenced to life in prison for assault on two young sons

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A McLennan County jury sentenced 38-year-old Tita Easley to life in prison after she was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and injury to a child. She will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

Jurors heard from several witnesses, including a psychologist, CPS workers, an ex-boyfriend, and Easley's two sons.  They are both under the age of 14.

Easley's youngest son said she spit in his face, burned him with a cigarette, pushed him to the ground and stepped on his throat.

On the same day, her older son said she tried to drown him. Hospital photos shown at the trial gave proof of bloody eyes, cuts, bruises, swelling and burn marks.

During opening statements, Prosecutor Hilary LaBorde actually shed tears as she told the jury, "[Easley's son] thought this day, that he was going to die.  He thought his mom was going to kill him."

But Easley's attorney, Bill Johnston, says she is not guilty by reason of insanity.  He told the jury, "She has suffered from a disease that is probably one of the darkest health disorders - schizophrenia."

Johnston said Easley was not taking her schizophrenia medication because she was pregnant at the time.  The prosecution says that's no excuse for what happened.

A psychologist testified that Beastly is mentally ill, but she only meets one of three criteria needed for someone to be criminally insane.

As for the two sons, they are living together with foster parents in Waco.  Easley will be sentenced Wednesday. She could face extra jail time because of prior convictions.

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