10/07/2013 12:54 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Lily Choy Sentence Appeal: Alberta Court Increases Penalty For Woman Who Killed Foster Child


EDMONTON - The Alberta Court of Appeal has increased the sentence handed to an Edmonton woman convicted in the death of her three-year-old foster child.

Lily Choy was sentenced in 2011 to six years in prison after she was found guilty of manslaughter for a second time.

In a ruling Monday the appeal court increased that by two years for a total of eight years, minus time served.

The boy died on Jan. 27, 2007, after his head hit a toilet and doctors couldn't control the swelling in his brain.

The Crown had argued that the boy's death was a case of "near murder", and that the trial judge made a mistake when determining the original sentence.

The appeal court did not agree the case was "near murder", but ruled the original six-year sentence was not harsh enough.

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