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Alhambra Man Sentenced to
25-To-Life in Prison in Toddler’s Killing

July 16, 2008
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
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PASADENA – An Alhambra man convicted of killing his 2-year-old foster daughter was sentenced today to a 25-year-to-life prison term by a Pasadena judge who termed the case “one of the most tragic” that she had seen.

Deputy District Attorney Franco Baratta said Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz denied probation to 35-year-old Armando Abundis Sr., citing the defendant’s “viciousness, cruelty and lack of caring.”

A jury in Judge Schwartz’s court convicted Abundis of assault on a child under the age of 8 and causing death. The jury on Feb. 28 also convicted the defendant of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse likely to cause great bodily injury or death. The jury additionally found true the allegation that the abuse did cause great bodily injury and death to little girl, identified only as “Sarah C.”.

Abundis, who had been free on bail, was remanded into custody by Judge Swartz after the jury’s verdicts.

Abundis and his wife, Frances, 38, were charged in October 2005 with killing the child. Authorities said Sarah was assaulted sometime between Oct. 10, 2005, and Oct. 11, when she died. Frances Abundis is the little girl’s aunt. She and her husband had been foster parents since the child was 9 months old.

In November 2006, Frances Abundis pleaded no contest to being an accessory to Sarah’s death in exchange for agreeing to testify against her husband. Judge Schwartz scheduled her sentencing for July 31. She is facing a 16-month state prison term.

Baratta prosecuted the case with Deputy District Attorney Louis Parise of the Family Violence Division.


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