Sentencing postponed for mother of 10 convicted of abusing 8-year-old daughter

SAN DIEGO - Sentencing was postponed Wednesday to March 28 for a woman who whacked her 8-year-old daughter in the head with a broomstick, choked her with a belt and burned the child's fingers on a stove because she wasn't doing her chores.

Maria Luisa Garcia, a 35-year-old mother of 10, was convicted in November of felony child abuse, but jurors deadlocked on the charge stemming from the finger-burning. In January, Garcia pleaded guilty to unlawful corporal punishment in connection with that charge.

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Dix said Garcia abused her daughter continuously from August 2012 until the finger-burning incident on Jan. 16, 2013.

Garcia faces up to six years in state prison.

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