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Title: Florida mom guilty of killing son known as 'Baby Lollipops'
Source: FOX News
URL Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/1 ... ipops-killing-nearing-end.html
Published: Dec 13, 2017
Post Date: 2017-12-14 15:31:00 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 78
Comments: 9

MIAMI – A Florida mother on Wednesday was convicted for a third time of brutally abusing her toddler before fatally beating the boy who became known as "Baby Lollipops" in a case that riveted Miami decades ago.

Jurors found 56-year-old Ana Maria Cardona guilty of murder and aggravated child abuse in the killing of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, whose emaciated body was found hidden in bushes in Miami Beach in November 1990.

The boy was beaten throughout his short life and was starving to death, weighing just 18 pounds. His body was covered in bumps and bruises and cigarette burns. His skull had been fractured, and his left arm was permanently bent at a 90-degree angle. The medical examiner called it child torture, according to trial testimony.

"After suffering years, months, days of continuous abuse by her, under her watch, Lazaro inevitably withered and died. And lay in the dirt until his little heart stopped beating," prosecutor Reid Rubin said in a closing argument. "It was only a matter of time before he wound up dead because of her."

Cardona was twice sentenced to death in previous trials. After her first trial in 1992, Cardona became the first woman in Florida history to be sentenced to capital punishment for killing her own child. But both convictions were overturned by the Florida Supreme Court, leading to this third trial.

Circuit Judge Miguel M. de la O immediately sentenced Cardona to a life prison sentence. Prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty a third time.

"There are wild beasts that show more empathy for their offspring than you showed for Lazaro," the judge said. "Your actions were monstrous."

Trial evidence showed that Cardona had other children she did not abuse. The reason for Lazaro's suffering, Rubin said, was that his father had been a drug dealer who was slain by rivals — and with his death, Cardona lost a lavish lifestyle she had been enjoying until then.

"She became angry and spiteful, and she took it out on an innocent young child who became her personal whipping boy. It escalated, more and more," the prosecutor said. "Lazaro died because his mother didn't love him."

Cardona testified in her own defense that her female lover, Olivia Gonzalez, was responsible for Lazaro's death. Trial evidence showed that Gonzalez and Cardona fled to central Florida after the boy died, even enjoying a trip to Disney World, before their arrests.

Defense attorney Steve Yermish said in his closing argument that Cardona was a poor mother and may have taken actions against Lazaro that amounted to child abuse. But he said she did not kill her son.

"I can only assume that you are angry at Ana Cardona. And you have every right to be. Ana was a lousy mother. She failed as a mother. But you can't decide this case because you or I or anyone is angry at Ana for her failures," Yermish said. "The charge of aggravated child abuse may have been proven. The charge of murder has not."

Unable to identify him initially, officers called the boy "Baby Lollipops" after the T- shirt he was wearing. It took more than a month for investigators to learn Lazaro's identity and track down the two women. Their big break came when a neighbor who had occasionally cared for Lazaro recognized him from police flyers.

Gonzalez testified in previous trials, but not this time. She served 14 years in prison for her role in Lazaro's mistreatment when living with Cardona. She was never charged with killing him.

Cardona told investigators after her arrest that Lazaro hit his head falling out of bed, and that she hid his body hoping not to lose custody of her other children. This week, she said that was not the truth.

Poster Comment:

Here is something that should really bother you, Deckard….child abuse is epidemic. In one recent year, there were an estimated 1,580 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect….that works out to be between four and five children a day. The number is estimate because studies indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment fatalities by state agencies….yep, by 50% or more. This is happening all the while you continue to ignore these tragedies and concentrate on trying to condemn one cop out of 1,1000,000 cops faithfully serving across the vase expanse of our beautiful county today.(1 image)

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0) (Edited)

I really, really hate anyone that would harm kids !!! Put that bitch in a cage with a pissed off gorilla. Agitate the hell out of the gorilla, let him beat her to death. That is probably kinder than she deserves !!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

Stoner  posted on  2017-12-14   21:13:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Gatlin (#0)

Here is something that should really bother you, Deckard….child abuse is epidemic.

Ha... Dicktard doesn't post article after article after article of bad cops because "he just hates bad cops". Don't ever buy his bullshit LIES. For DickTard, it's a combination of two things that drives his AGENDA. He has a big skeleton in his closet regarding an embarrassing ARREST that cost him A LOT... maybe even a high profile job and embarrassment. The arrest, in his mind was unconstitutional... it's how libtards pass blame for their filthy actions. So, he attacks the cops... and uses the war on drugs as his constitutional battleground to spread hatred of cops in general.

He's a lying cucumber chomper.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-12-14   21:45:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: GrandIsland, tater, Deckard (#2) (Edited)

He's [Deckard] a lying cucumber chomper.

Objective evidence is required to affirm that you know WHAT THE FUCK you are babbling about. Deckard presents many articles on LF and he supports those articles with objective evidence, if he feels like doing so.

You never support anything with objective evidence GI.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-12-14   21:52:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: buckeroo (#3)

Objective evidence

A yella article??????


Buck off, fucky.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-12-14   22:00:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: GrandIsland (#4)

Yeah, you are a coward having never served in the military. You are yellow, for sure.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-12-14   22:07:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: buckeroo (#5)

Yeah, you are a coward having never served in the military.

I've cuffed and stuffed a lot of your favored military personnel during my 20 years. Never lost a fight. Tough guy.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-12-14   22:13:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: GrandIsland (#6)

I've cuffed and stuffed a lot of your favored military personnel during my 20 years.

So you are a sadomasochistic, homosexual?

buckeroo  posted on  2017-12-14   22:18:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: buckeroo (#7)

Cuffed and stuffed

1. To be arrested by being handcuffed and placed rudely into a police car.

The internet is a wealth of knowledge, testicle stain. You should try using it.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-12-14   22:27:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: GrandIsland (#8)

You seem satisfied about you past performance demonstrating an arrogant attitude towards men that have raised their hands in the service of their country. Yet, you never did; in fact you ran from the opportunity to serve the nation. You are a coward, a hypocrite and a god-damned liar.

buckeroo  posted on  2017-12-14   22:42:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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