- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the mother who pleaded guilty in one of the state’s most high-profile child abuse deaths (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

An Albuquerque mother who pleaded guilty in one of the state’s most high-profile child abuse deaths has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

An emotional Synthia Varela-Casaus was sentenced Friday in the 2013 kicking death of her 9-year-old son, Omaree, in a case that sparked a number of state reforms.

Last month, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.

An autopsy found Omaree died from severe internal bleeding caused by blunt-force trauma. Prosecutors say Omaree tried unsuccessfully to get help from authorities because of previous abuse.

Court records show that Varela-Casaus had initially told police her son fell from a toy spring horse.

Omaree’s stepfather was sentenced in November after a jury found him guilty on charges that included tampering with evidence and acting with reckless disregard for not calling 911 sooner.

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9:30 a.m.

An Albuquerque mother who has pleaded guilty in one of the state’s most high-profile child abuse deaths is set to learn her fate.

Synthia Varela-Casaus is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in the 2013 kicking death of her 9-year-old son, Omaree.

Under a plea deal, Varela-Casaus could serve a 30-year prison term.

Last month, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.

An autopsy found Omaree died from severe internal bleeding caused by blunt-force trauma. The case drew national attention since Omaree tried unsuccessfully to get help from authorities because of previous abuse.

Court records show that Varela-Casaus had initially told police her son fell from a toy spring horse.

Omaree’s stepfather was sentenced in November after a jury found him guilty on charges that included tampering with evidence and acting with reckless disregard for not calling 911 sooner.

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