Friday, May 31, 2013

Montano found guilty of child abuse


Posted: May 31, 2013 5:19 PM Updated: May 31, 2013 5:54 PM

By Jackie Kent - email

By Tucson News Now Staff - email

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The fate of a Tucson mother accused of intentionally hurting her baby daughter has been decided.
Blanca Montano has been found guilty of child abuse.  

The jury just began deliberating around 2 p.m. Friday.

Authorities say Blanca Montano's baby daughter was hospitalized with life-threatening infections.

They believe it may be a case of Munchausen by Proxy where Montano harmed her child in order to get sympathy and attention from others.

Attorneys made their opening statements Wednesday.

The prosecutor, Ryan Schmidt, told jurors Montano hurt her child because she wanted to get the attention of the child's father.

On Friday, the prosecutor says Munchausen by Proxy is not a good defense.

It took three hours for the jury to make the decision. Her sentence will be decided on July 30 and she could face ten to 17 years in prison.

Attorneys say there will be an appeal.

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