Mother gets 39 years in daughter's death

December 10, 2009 5:33:16 PM PST
A suburban mother has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for killing her 5-year-old daughter more than two years ago.The judge called Mila Petrov a "torturer" when he handed down her punishment.

When police were called to Petrov's apartment in March 2007, they found Melanie Beltran unconscious. She died a day later.

Authorities say the girl had been scalded, burned with cigarettes and beaten.

Carlos Beltran, Mila Petrov's common-law husband, is currently serving 20 years in prison for his daughter's death.