Sandra Smith, mother of Tasha Bates, watches as her daughter's attorney Richard Hughes speaks to media after Bates was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences running concurrently with 40 years for aggravated child neglect in the overheating deaths of her two sons Leland, 5, and River, 3. and drug charges.
Sandra Smith, mother of Tasha Bates, watches as her daughter's attorney Richard Hughes speaks to media after Bates was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences running concurrently with 40 years for aggravated child neglect in the overheating deaths of her two sons Leland, 5, and River, 3. and drug charges.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Monday, November 25th, 2013
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