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Mother convicted of killing her daughter

May 25, 2011 | 10:34 pm

Emma Leigh Baker A Quartz Hill mother charged with killing her 18-month-old daughter in March 2009 was convicted of first-degree murder, authorities said Wednesday.

Stacey Marie Barker led detectives to a lot in Sylmar, where her daughter's body lay amid the weeds, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Toddler Emma Leigh Barker received injuries consistent with suffocation caused by a hand being placed over her nose and mouth, according to prosecutors.

Barker initially told detectives that she was at a Lancaster park near the 14 Freeway and had just placed Emma in her car seat when she was struck from behind by an unknown assailant.

She told them that she awoke about 10:30 p.m., five hours later and several miles away at a Palmdale park-and-ride lot and that her daughter was missing. After Barker recanted, detectives discovered the toddler's body.

Barker is scheduled to be sentenced June 17 and faces up to 25 years to life in state prison, the district attorney's office said.


Mother arrested in death of her daughter

— Robert J. Lopez

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Photo: Emma Leigh Barker. Credit: KTLA.