A Rockdale woman who was convicted of capital murder in 2014 for the death of her 2-year-old foster child has died in prison, officials said Friday.

Milam County authorities said Sherill Small died Thursday of natural causes at the Carol Young Complex Prison in Dickinson. She was 57.

Small was convicted by a Milam County jury in November 2014 for the death 2-year-old Alexandria Hill in July 2013. She had served less than two years of a life sentence without parole. 

Alexandria was not breathing when she arrived at the Little River Medical Center in Rockdale with a head injury, and she had bruising on her buttocks, arm and chin, according to testimony during the trial.

Investigators said Small admitted to police that she accidentally threw the child to the ground the evening of July 29, 2013. A few days later, Hill died after her biological parents took her off of life support in a Temple hospital.

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