BANGOR (AP) — A Maine judge has rejected an insanity defense and convicted a Maine woman in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Justice Ann Murray issued her ruling on Monday, finding 25-year-old Leanna Norris of Auburn guilty of murder a month after the end of her jury-waived trial.

Norris admitted to investigators that she gave her daughter, Loh Melody Grenda, a high dose of allergy medicine to help her sleep, then covered her mouth and nose with duct tape and a blanket. The body was found in June 2013 in a car in Stetson.

No sentencing date was set.

Her attorney said Norris “could not see the world as it actually was.” But the prosecutor countered that Norris had “an appreciation of reality.”



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