Goodyear mom gets life in prison for daughter's 2014 murder

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Phoeteama Neal (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court) Phoeteama Neal (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A Goodyear woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2014 death of her baby daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 31-year-old Phoeteama Neal was sentenced Wednesday.

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She had changed her plea to guilty in January.

Police say Neal picked up her 21-month-old daughter from daycare in August 2014, filled a bathtub at the family's home and putting the fully-clothed girl in the water.

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They say Neal held the toddler under water for a prolonged period of time, then called 911 to say she had drowned her child.

The girl was taken off of life support the next month and died.

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Court documents show Neal was in the middle of a custody battle with the father of the child at the time.

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