Mother Who Killed Daughter, Made Children Burn Body, Gets 30 Years

Dec 8, 2004
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Veronica Herrera was sentenced to 30 years after killing and burning her daughter's body


An Idaho woman who killed her baby, then burned it over the course of two days to destroy the evidence, could face up to 30 years in prison.

Veronica Herrera, 29, pleaded guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter and five other felony charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Nakita.

Judge Thomas J. Ryan imposed a 15-year fixed sentence on Thursday, with another indeterminate sentence of 15 years, KTVB reported.

Herrera told investigators her daughter fell off her toilet training seat, hit her head on a heater and later died from her injuries. In an effort to cover up the death, prosecutors said Herrera burned the child's body in a barrel, dousing it with lighter fluid over the course of two days. The mother even enlisted her other children to help, making them throw trash in the barrel, according to a police report.

Judge Ryan referred to the crime as unusual and brutal.

"We don't know if anything more sinister or evil was going on because Herrera destroyed the evidence," Ryan said.

Dr. Paul McPherson testified that before Nakita's death, there was evidence that the child suffered bruising in many places on her body, a severe burn, and malnutrition while in her mother's care.

Court documents show Herrera, who was a former meth addict, told detectives she didn't tell anyone Nakita had died because she "didn't want to lose her children."

Herrera will be unable to have access to her five other children without approval from state counselors.
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Lord Zero

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An Idaho woman who killed her baby, then burned it over the course of two days to destroy the evidence
It took her two days to burn a dead baby?
 

HandPanzer

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Tragic to see such a promising life cut short. I mean this little girl could have been anything- a serviceable housekeeper, gardener, fast food worker, or prostitute. Despicable.
 

NuttyJim

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Kill that pig slowly
 

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The cremation occurs in a crematory that is housed within a crematorium and comprises one or more furnaces. A cremator is an industrial furnace that is able to generate temperatures of 870–980 °C (1600–1800 °F) to ensure disintegration of the corpse...

Typical lazy Mexicant.
 
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Should have blown air from a leaf blower to get the fire hotter... eeesh.
 

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Occasionally you get one burnt bean in the stew.
 

gleet

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Her burn barrel probably had no vents in the bottom to draft in air, and was stuffed full of compacted wetted then dried ashes so the baby smoldered at a cool temp instead of a bright white high temp inferno. Adding more tortilla wrappers and bulk frijole bags to the top of the pile only made it worse.
 

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