PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A Pittsburgh-area woman found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 3-year-old stepdaughter who first responders discovered "badly bruised and malnourished" was sentenced to life in prison.
Laura Ramriez received a life sentence on Wednesday for the death of, according to court paperwork.
and multiple other counts, including aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and child endangerment after a non-jury trial.
First responders foundunresponsive in a bathtub on the second floor of a home on 10th Street in Oakmont in June of 2020. Police said first responders used life-saving measures and she was taken to Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Detectives said she suffered from prolonged physical and mental abuse. The medical examiner determined Seachrist died from malnutrition, failure to thrive due to chronic illness and hypoglycemia, plus abuse and neglect.
According to the criminal complaint, Ramriez's sister Alexis Herrera had numerous videos and pictures of the severe abuse of the child on her cell phone. There were also text messages between Herrera and Ramriez about locking the child in a closet.
Police also charged the girl's father, Jose Eduardo Salazar-Ortiz Sr., and Herrera.
Court paperwork shows Salazar-Ortiz was found guilty of third-degree murder and multiple other charges after a non-jury trial in May.to 33 to 66 years in August.
A trial is scheduled for Herrera in 2024, according to court documents.
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