Nanny sentenced to life in retrial of 14-month-old boy's murder

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

COLLIN COUNTY - A Collin County jury found a Peruvian nanny guilty of capital murder for the death of a 14-month-old McKinney boy who was in her care.

Ada "Betty" Cuadros-Fernandez was tried for the second time for the 2005 killing of Kyle Lazarchik. The first conviction was overturned in 2009.

In closing arguments, Cuadros-Fernandez' lawyer told jurors the boy died as the result of an accident. Prosecutors theorized the nanny got upset with the child and banged a kitchen cabinet door against his head several times.

Cuadros-Fernandez put her face in her hands after the verdict was read. Her family and members of the victim's family shed tears in the packed courtroom.  Cuadros-Fernandez' friends were angry.

"In this country, it's all about winning, not justice," Mariana Peterson said. "Her rights were violated."

The former nanny was sentenced to life in prison without parole. She will soon return to the same prison where she was before her first conviction was overturned.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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