- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld conviction of a Hobbs woman in the 2007 death of her infant daughter.

But the high court on Thursday also ordered the case back to a district court for resentencing.

The judges say the district court erred by not holding a presentencing hearing to consider mitigation evidence before Adriana Cabezuela was sentenced to life in prison in August 2009.

Cabezuela was convicted of abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death. Such a conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Emergency personnel had been called to Cabezuela’s home because 8-month-old Mariana Barraza was having trouble breathing. The baby died on the way to the hospital in June 2007.

Investigators noted she had bruises, a head injury and bite marks.


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