Posted: Dec 20, 2012 10:07 AM by The Associated Press
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A California mother is facing 18 years in prison for scalding her cosmetics-curious toddler.
Santa Barbara County prosecutors say jurors deliberated about an hour on Wednesday before convicting 25-year-old Lorena Monserrat Arenas of torture, corporal injury to a child and child abuse.
Her 2-year-old daughter was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns in April 2010 after the Santa Maria woman held her daughter's arms under scalding water for five minutes because she got into her cosmetics.
Arenas faces a possible 18-year-prison term when she's sentenced in February.
The child's father Jose Luis Gonzalez was earlier sentenced to four years in prison after pleading no contest to felony child endangerment. He waited 12 hours to take the toddler to the hospital.
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