NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City woman charged with beating her pre-teen stepdaughter bloody and denying her food for extended periods has been convicted of assault and child endangerment.
Sheetal Ranot (rah-NOH’) was convicted Friday. Her lawyer, Mahmoud Rabah, says she denies all the allegations, considered the girl a daughter and plans to appeal. He notes that Ranot was acquitted of some charges.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the 35-year-old Ranot’s abuse included beating the girl with a broken metal broom handle that cut her wrist down to the bone. Doctors noted she weighed just 58 pounds in 2014, at age 12.
Child-welfare authorities ultimately removed her from the home.
Her father, Rajesh Ranot, is awaiting trial on assault and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
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