Emma Thompson
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A Brenham woman convicted and sentenced in the death of her four-year-old daughter has once again been denied early release by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The board on Thursday denied parole for Abigail Young, who is serving 20 years in prison for Injury to a Child by Omission after Emma Thompson’s death in 2009.  Young and her boyfriend, Lucas Coe, were found guilty in 2010.  Coe is serving a life sentence. 

Amanda Mathews, Young’s sister and Thompson’s aunt, appreciates the state hearing her family “loud and clear”, saying it is important to hold people accountable for their actions.

Abigail Young

In 2013, Emma’s Law was passed to make parole review occur every five years instead of annually for anyone who is convicted of a felony against a child.  However, Young is eligible for yearly reviews since she has served half her sentence. 

Young’s next parole review date is scheduled for March 2024.

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