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Feb 14, 2013 6:40 PM by Associated Press

Tucson daycare provider pleads guilty to child abuse

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A licensed childcare provider in Tucson has pleaded guilty to child abuse.

Pima County prosecutors say 48-year-old Toni Fierro could face up to two years in prison when she's sentenced April 18.

The Arizona Daily Star says Fierro has operated a daycare from her home for 15 years.

Authorities say Fierro was taking care of a 3-year-old boy last July 2. When the boy was picked up from Fierros' home the next day, he reportedly had bruises on his biceps, buttocks and face along with collarbone abrasions.

Fierro told police the boy fell out of the car and landed on his buttocks. She also claimed the toddler fell on rocks and ran into a door.

But a doctor determined the bruises were caused by blunt-force trauma and weren't accidental.

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