- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Hastings woman accused of killing a toddler by stuffing a baby wipe down her throat has been sentenced to three to five years in prison.

The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/24z5BO5 ) reports that 34-year-old Azudany Serrano-Contreras was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 19-month-old Aliyana Peterson. Serrano-Contreras had pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse resulting in injury.

Serrano-Contreras is the aunt of the girl’s mother.

Investigators have said that Serrano-Contreras told officers that she was babysitting the child on March 12, 2015, when she cleaned the girl’s face, set the wipe down on a counter and turned to get lotion. According to authorities, Serrano-Contreras said that Aliyana was gasping for air when she turned back.

The girl was pronounced dead two days later.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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