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Big Bear City Woman Enters Plea of Not Guilty to Killing Her Daughter, 4

March 06, 2004|Sandra Murillo | Times Staff Writer

A Big Bear City mother accused of murdering her 4-year-old daughter, and then covering up the crime for two years with an elaborate story about sending the girl to Italy, pleaded not guilty Friday in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Sharon Gill, 47, a stay-at-home mother of three, was arrested Feb. 4 on suspicion of murdering her daughter, Lillian.

The girl was last seen in March 2002; her body has never been found.

Gill allegedly told police and relatives that she sent Lillian to a facility in Milan for autistic children.

But the U.S. State Department and international police authority Interpol determined that the girl never left the country.

Gill's attorney, Richard Moss, would not comment on his plans for a defense or whether his client has made any more statements about the child's whereabouts. "The allegations are totally incompatible with Sharon's behavior in her entire 47 years of life," he said.

Gill's next court date is April 20.

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