MIAMI (AP) - A Florida mother has been convicted of torturing her toddler to death in the so-called "Baby Lollipops" case that riveted the Miami area decades ago.
Jurors returned their verdict Wednesday in the third trial for 56-year-old Ana Maria Cardona, who was twice sentenced to death for the killing of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, only to have her convictions thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court.
The little boy's body was so malnourished and battered that police could not initially identify him, calling him "Baby Lollipops" because of a T-shirt he wore.
Prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty this time. Testifying in her own defense, Cardona claimed her former female lover killed the boy after taking him to some other home.