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Norfolk woman sentenced for death of 4-year-old daughter

Montoya found guilty of intentional child abuse resulting in death

Madison County, Neb. - A Norfolk woman is sentenced to no less than 55 years in prison today for the death of her 4-year-old daughter. 

The sentencing of 23-year-old Carla Montoya came after she was found guilty of felony intentional child abuse causing death.

Judge James Kube handed down the verdict in a bench trial that concluded on Tuesday. 

Montoya admitted to investigators she became upset with her daughter, Caylee, and threw her on a bed three times back in March of 2016. 

The child died several days later at an Omaha hospital.

During the sentencing, Kube said, "This almost was a borderline rage incident, you threw her so hard it caused that injury... How could you not know? That's what I wonder. How could you not know?" 

Montoya will not be eligible for parole for 27 and a half years.

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