Bradley County judge sentences Tasha Bates to two life terms in deaths of her children

photo Tasha Bates, 27, looks at her mother and grandmother while being escorted out of the courtroom after appearing before Judge Amy Reedy during a sentencing hearing at the Bradley County Criminal Courthouse on Monday. Bates received two consecutive life sentences to run concurrently with 40 years for aggravated child neglect in the overheating deaths of her two sons Leland, 5, and River, 3. and drug charges.

photo Sandra Smith, mother of Tasha Bates, watches as her daughter's attorney Richard Hughes speaks to media after Bates was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences running concurrently with 40 years for aggravated child neglect in the overheating deaths of her two sons Leland, 5, and River, 3.