Created: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 02:47:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 02:59:03 EST
The Macon woman charged with starving her 11-year-old granddaughter to death pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to life in prison.
Cynthia Baldwin-McClesky, 50, pleaded guilty to felony murder in the death of Ruth Baldwin in July of 2012.
Authorities have said the girl was abused and had been starved by McClesky as a form of punishment.
An autopsy found a history of blunt force trauma to over 80 percent of the girl's body.
McClesky admitted beating the girl and whipping her with a cord inside their house on Old Horton Road.
McClesky was being held without bond at the Bibb Law Enforcement Center on charges of child cruelty, felony murder and child cruelty-family violence.
McClesky had brought her granddaughter to a Med Stop for treatment, but workers at the Med Stop found the girl deceased upon her arrival.