Mother Sentenced on Molestation Charges

A Smith County woman has been sentenced to 10 years deferred probabation for the aggravated sex assault of her infant daughter.

Prosecutors say 26-year old Tonya West is accused of molesting her 3-month old back in 1999. West is described by prosecutors as mildly mentally retarded.

West plead guilty to the first degree felony charge Tuesday. Under terms of her probation, West will register as a sex offender and has agree to relinquish her parental rights. Authorities cleared the infant's father after an intense investigation. The child will be placed in his care.