Guadalupe Avalos has nothing to say to the woman who killed her 1-year-old son.
“Everything has already been said. I’m just glad that justice was done,” Avalos said Monday.
Maria De Los Angeles Sixtos, 49, of Livingston was sentenced to serve 14 years and eight months in state prison for killing Avalos’ son, Eriberto, in March 2011. Police said Sixtos was baby-sitting the 15-month-old child when she threw him against a couch.
Visiting Judge Robert F. Baysinger handed down the sentence Monday in Merced County Superior Court.
Sixtos pleaded no contest April 7 to three felony counts of child abuse and an enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.
Sixtos must serve more than 12 years in prison before she is eligible for her first parole hearing, according to Monika Saini, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case.
“This is a very tragic situation,” Saini said. “There’s nothing that we can do to fill the emptiness the family has to live every day without their child, but hopefully, they can have a sense of closure and this will help with the process of healing.”
Efforts to reach Sixtos’ attorney, Mary Ann Bird, were unsuccessful Monday. In previous interviews, Bird said the settlement was “very fair” and said the case was tragic for all involved.
The case was slowed by the retirement of an investigator and the departure of the coroner who conducted the child’s autopsy. It took more than two years for all the reports to be completed. When investigators confronted Sixtos with the autopsy reports in March 2013, she admitted hurting the child, police said.
Avalos said she’s relieved the case has ended, more than four years after her son’s death.
“I’m glad it’s done, I’m glad we can finally have some kind of closure, now,” Avalos said following Monday’s hearing.
Avalos has said she suspected someone was hurting her child in the weeks before his death, but multiple doctors told her there was no evidence of physical abuse.
“I hope people learn from this that they need to be more careful about who they leave their children with,” Avalos said. “I wish I’d just left him with family instead of anyone else.”