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Woman Convicted of Murder in Beating Death of Son

Kimberly Peno, 44, of Rehobeth, was convicted of beating her son Timothy to death in the basement of her home on March 17, 2010

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A Massachusetts mother has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating her 2-year-old son while she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Kimberly Peno, of Rehoboth, was sentenced Thursday after she was convicted of first-degree murder in the March 2010 death of Timothy Peno.

The 44-year-old woman was convicted after about 10 hours of jury deliberations.

Prosecutors say Peno beat the boy after drinking four 20-ounce beers and smoking crack cocaine.

She denied killing the boy, instead blaming her husband, Joseph Peno. He was charged with child endangerment and received three years of probation in return for testifying against his wife at trial.

Doctors determined the child suffered retinal hemorrhages and brain injuries. He died at the hospital a day after the beating.

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