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West Texas woman charged in shooting death of daughter, 2

Published On: Feb 21 2014 01:57:23 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 09:25:41 PM CST

POST, Texas (AP) -

A 2-year-old girl has been fatally shot in her West Texas home and her mother arrested on a charge of capital murder in her death.

Garza County Sheriff Terry Morgan said Alexandria Lee Courtney-Dean was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head late Thursday in Post.

The girl's mother, 34-year-old Ashlee Anne Dean, is being held at the Garza County jail in Post, about 40 miles southeast of Lubbock.

Her stepmother, Bonita Dean of Lubbock, said her stepdaughter doesn't yet have an attorney.

"All we can do is speculate at this point until they finish the investigation," she said. "We don't know what frame of mind she was in when this happened."

Bonita Dean said Alexandria would have turned 3 in April.