SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four new felony counts, including torture, were filed Monday against a San Diego woman accused of abusing her 9-year-old daughter over a 17-month period, resulting in the girl's death.
Crystal Cardenas, 26, was previously charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 17, 2011, death of Elizabeth Holloway. The new charges also include three counts of felony child abuse causing great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Krause said
At an earlier hearing, the prosecutor said Holloway was choked, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground after moving in with her mother in the Mountain View neighborhood, just south of the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
A few days before the girl died, Cardenas punched her daughter in the abdomen, which severed her intestine and bruised her pancreas, Krause alleged.
The girl vomited and lost feeling in her lower legs and told her younger half-sister she felt like she was going to die, the prosecutor said.
San Diego police said officers and medics found Elizabeth unconscious in her residence following an emergency call, and she died at a hospital about 90 minutes later.
According to Krause, the defendant faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, and additional time if found guilty of the other charges. Her trial, which had been scheduled for next month, was pushed back to Nov. 27 at the San Diego County Courthouse.
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