GUILTY CO - Rosa Arana, 6, beaten to death, Colorado Springs, 22 June 2004

Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by mysteriew, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A woman portrayed by prosecutors as evil was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in prison for fatally injuring her 6-year-old stepdaughter by punching her in the stomach.

    Maria Eugenia Lopez, 26, pleaded guilty in June to child abuse resulting in the death of Rosa Arana and child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

    Deputy District Attorney Will Bain said Rosa endured weeks or months of abuse from Lopez before the punch that severed her small bowel, killing her. He asked for a 70-year sentence, the maximum under a plea deal, guaranteeing she’d spend at least 30 years in prison.

    http://gazette.com/stepmom-receives-60-years-in-killing-of-girl-6/article/8542
     
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  3. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    This child could see her own death coming, but no one else could see it to protect her :(
     
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    bakerprune64 Former Member

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    Teachers, social workers and family friends saw welts, scratches and bruises on Rosa weeks before her death, showing the abuse was not a one-time occurrence, Bain said. Lopez’s blow caused the child to start vomiting and eventually pass out, Bain said.


    I don't know what state this happened in, but in California, teachers and social workers (or anybody who works for a county agency (like public health, social services, mental health) is mandated to report suspected child abuse/neglect or adult abuse/neglect. And...where the heck was daddy? Could he not see what was happening to his child:doh: If the social workers had witnessed these marks, they should have taken immediate action to detain the child. I work for our local social services dept. and there is a such thing as "emergency response." These people who dropped tha ball by not doing what was needed to protect her should be held accountable as well!
     

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