A Riverside County woman was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison for the torture and murder of her 3-year-old daughter, who had been found beaten and burned, prosecutors said.
The sentence against Yolanda Guadalupe Pena was handed down by Judge James Hawkins in Indio.
A jury found Pena guilty in June of one count each of murder, torture and assault on a child resulting in death, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office.
Pena, a resident of La Quinta, was also convicted of one count of inflicting injury on a child, relating to another daughter, who was 12 years old at the time of the crime, prosecutors said.
On June 25, 2009, prosecutors said authorities responding to a 911 call went to Pena's home, where they found the 3-year-old, Delilah, lying unresponsive on the floor and her body already showing signs of rigor mortis.
A coroner's autopsy showed the girl sustained blunt-force trauma to the head and that she had multiple bruises on her face and head. Prosecutors also said 35% of her body, including her face, had second-degree burns. Injuries to her left hand caused severe scarring and the partial loss of three of her fingers, with the bone exposed on one finger, prosecutors said.