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Blanco County man indicted in baby's death

John Lawrence, 24, charged with capital murder, aggravated sexual assault

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BLANCO, Texas – A Blanco County man has been indicted by a grand jury in the death of a 14-month-old baby girl.

John Lawrence, 24, is charged with capital murder and aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 6 in the death of Sunny Dakota Slade-Bort.

Lawrence and the child's mother, Jamie Petronella, 23, were arrested in May after police were called to their home in Blanco when the baby stopped breathing.

Sunny died at University Hospital.

Petronella was indicted on charges of injury to a child by omission. She could face 5 to 99 years or life in prison, if convicted. Lawrence could face the death penalty.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the case.


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