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BRIDGETON, N.J. – A woman faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole after she was found guilty of killing her child and then dismembering, burning and burying his body.

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Nakira Griner was found guilty after a two-week jury trial in Cumberland County, prosecutors said in a news release. Griner was charged in 2019 after she initially reported her 23-month-old child, Daniel Griner Jr, had been abducted while she was walking to the store. The child’s “desecrated remains” were found on Griner’s property the day he was reported missing.

A jury convicted Griner on charges of first-degree murder, desecration of human remains, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with evidence and false public alarm.

An autopsy determined that Daniel had been beaten to death and had multiple bone fractures, WCAU reported.

Prosecutors said that Griner told officers her son had fallen down a flight of stairs, but that she admitted to family members in jail phone calls that she “did what she did to him” to cover up bruises on his body, CBS News reported.

In a criminal complaint obtained by KYW-TV, Griner later admitted to police that she hit Daniel because he wouldn’t eat or listen.

Griner’s defense said during the trial that while her client did burn and dismember her child’s body, Daniel’s death wasn’t intentional, according to PennLive. The defense team also argued there was no way to know whether the child’s bones were broken before death or whether they were a result of heat after Griner burned the body, the outlet reported.

Griner’s formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21. Her attorney told CBS News she plans to appeal the verdict.