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Aug 9, 2013 8:52 PM by Erika Flores

Blanca Montano sentenced to 13 years in prison for child abuse

Tucson - Emotions ran high as the judge sentenced Blanca Montano to 13 years in prison.

The prosecutor asked for the maximum sentence which is 17 years, but the defense attorney asked the judge to have mercy on Montano.

As the judge was deciding on the sentence, Montano's family and friends sat waiting in anticipation holding their hands to their faces, and burst into tears as Montano was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The defense lawyer motioned to them telling the judge Montano has the support of family and friends.

He said there was never any evidence that showed Montano would ever want to kill her children.

He insured that Montano did not pose a risk to her children or any other children.

The prosecutor reminds the judge of a psychologist's report stating it is highly likely that it will not be safe for Montano to have unsupervised access to her children or other children.

"This is not a one time I lost my temper and I hurt my child and I'm very sorry about it. This is a repeated. It's not only a repeated conduct. It's a repeated conduct with no remorse," said prosecutor Ryan Schmidt.

The case has been going on since 2011 when UAMC discovered Montano's seven month old baby was only getting worse after getting numerous tests and treatments.

Detectives said Montano had been intentionally contaminating her child possibly feeding her feces.

"Her intellectual abilities to perceive that and comprehend that to what's normal and what's not normal....We have to look at this through her abilities and it's clear through her evaluations that her abilities are extremely limited," said the defense lawyer.

When asked if she had anything to say before the sentencing Montano shook her head and said no.

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