INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis woman received a 20-year sentence for her role in the death of her young daughter.
Samantha Ellis pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Ellis failed to obtain timely medical treatment for 3-year-old Carmen Ellis and failed to remove Carmen from the presence of her former boyfriend, Jose Cruz.
Carmen was beaten to death by Cruz in August 2012. Cruz received a 75-year sentence for the murder last October.
"While I wish there would never be a need to prosecute a case such as this, it was imperative that both Jose Cruz and Samantha Ellis be held responsible for the death of three-year-old Carmen," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said after Ellis’ sentence was ordered. "Carmen’s life must not be forgotten, and her death should serve as a reminder to parents and anyone else who has the responsibility for protecting a child that there is no justification for leaving a child with a person who is any way suspected of harming that child. Nothing should rise above a child’s right to be safe in his or her own home."
Suspected child abuse can be reported by calling 911 or to Indiana's Child Protective Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
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