STAMFORD - (AP) - A Norwalk mother has been given 10 years in prison for nearly beating her toddler to death, an incident the judge called inhuman and despicable.

Nicole Taylor was sentenced in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Authorities say her 20-month-old daughter was beaten so severely in May 2007 that her body started shutting down and she nearly died during her first day at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

She also was severely bruised, had a cracked rib and damage to her liver and pancreas. The 32-year-old Taylor lost custody of the girl, who has since been adopted by her foster parents.

Norwalkwoman accused of beating young child