updated 2/2/2009 7:55:10 PM ET 2009-02-03T00:55:10

A jury has convicted a mother of capital murder in the fatal beating of her 2-year-old daughter — dubbed "Baby Grace" when her unidentified remains were found in a container in Galveston Bay.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours Monday before finding Kimberly Trenor guilty. She receives an automatic life prison sentence. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Trenor and her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, were accused of killing Riley Ann Sawyers while trying to discipline the girl. Zeigler's capital murder trial is scheduled later.

The toddler's remains were found in Galveston Bay in October 2007. Relatives in Ohio saw news reports about the girl and identified her.

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