SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Mountain View woman who abused her 9-year-old daughter over a 17-month period, culminating with a fatal punch and kick to the child's stomach, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder.
Crystal Cardenas, 27, will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Sept. 18.
At an earlier hearing, Deputy District Attorney Lindsey Krause said Elizabeth Holloway was choked, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground during the time she lived with her mother.
Cardenas and the victim, along with her 7-year-old sister, year-old brother and Cardenas' boyfriend, Lorenzo Castillo, had moved into an apartment on Milbrae Street in mid-January, 2011, police said.
A few days before the girl died on Jan. 17, 2011, Cardenas punched her daughter in the abdomen, which severed her intestine and bruised her pancreas, Krause said. 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.
Castillo, 29, pleaded guilty last year to felony child abuse and was sentenced to nine years behind bars.
A Coaster train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday on tracks near the Poinsettia Railroad Station in Carlsbad.
San Diego County again will face extreme heat and high surf beginning Monday and lasting through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw appeared conflicted in early May on whether to stop families from being separated at the border.
Temperatures will continue to warm through the week, with slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.