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.
Debris all over after trash truck explosion
Five north side businesses were damaged Tuesday when a trash truck exploded.
Speedway police search for robbery suspect
Speedway police were searching for an armed suspect accused of robbing a gas station Monday evening.
Officer hurt, driver struck and killed on I-65
Crashes and slide-offs on icy roadways led to a death, an officer injury and a backed-up interstate in Boone County early Tuesday morning.
HIP 2.0 gets green light from federal goverment
The federal government has given the green light to an expansion of Indiana's health program for low-income residents.
House eyes new rules after nursing home issue
Members of Indiana House would face tighter rules on their conduct under new ethics standards that are nearing approval.
Pike FD called to rescue ATM from Eagle Creek
Authorities were called to Eagle Creek Monday after an ATM was spotted on the ice near the 56th Street bridge.