STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A DeKalb County woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering her young daughter.
Meriel Bemis pleaded guilty to suffocating 3-year-old Lela Bemis on Feb. 23 inside their Stone Mountain apartment.
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"As a mother, I could not begin to understand how and why (Meriel Bemis) would take the life of her innocent child in such a vicious way," DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Dalia Racine said. "This sentence will never bring Lela back. However, there is justice in the fact that Meriel has assumed some level of responsibility and will serve a life sentence for her malicious acts."