Conviction upheld for mom in baby beating death case


The conviction has been affirmed for a young Lake Isabella mother whose boyfriend beat her daughter to death.

Amanda Marie Reese, now 28, was arrested in 2013 and convicted of willful cruelty to a child. She was sentenced to four years in prison. She has been paroled.

She told sheriff’s detectives she knew her 15-month-old daughter had been injured several times while in the care of the boyfriend, according the appeals court decision Wednesday that upheld her conviction.

“Now, I think back and I think I should have done something a long time ago,” she told detectives after the child died. “My baby would still be here.”

On Jan. 11, 2013, she went to a party, leaving her daughter in the care of the boyfriend, according to the appeals court decision. 

The little girl, Sophia Lynn Taylor, suffered a fatal head injury. “The baby had extensive bruises and abrasions on her head, face, neck, upper back and buttocks,” according to the appeals decision.

An autopsy showed injuries that were several weeks old.

Reese said she had been dating Jared Ramirez for about 10 weeks and living with him for about a month.

During that time, the child had a number of injuries and seemed afraid of Ramirez, Reese told investigators.

Ramirez pleaded no contest to second degree murder. He is now 30, serving 15 years to life at High Desert State Prison in northern California. He is first eligible for parole in 2026.

Reese’s conviction was unanimously upheld by a three-justice panel of the 5thDistrict Court of Appeal in Fresno.

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