Mom gets 23 years for girl’s death

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison for the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who was found wrapped in blankets and duct tape. A judge ordered Monday that 34-year-old Kelly Ballinger of Kalamazoo serve a sentence of between 23 years, nine months and 50 years. Jurors last month convicted Ballinger of first-degree child abuse and involuntary manslaughter in the asphyxiation death of Desaray Thompson.