After being found guilty on charges relating to the death of her seven-year-old daughter, Nixzaliz Santiago was sentenced to 40 to 43 years behind bars on Wednesday.
Santiago was convicted on October 17 of manslaughter in the first degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Nixzmary’s stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was also convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment in March, and was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison.
Nixzmary Brown was found dead in her parent’s apartment on January 11, 2006, from child abuse syndrome and blunt-impact trauma resulting in brain injuries.
One of five children being raised by Santiago and Rodriguez in a small apartment in Bedford Stuyvesant, she was regularly abused the couple. The autopsy and trial revealed incidents of drowning, restraint, physical abuse, and starvation.
When Nixzmary’s body was found, she weighed 30 pounds and showed signs of long-term abuse and ligature marks on her ankles, indicating that she had been restrained with bungee chords.