San Diego Ca.–“A mother accused of murdering her 9-year-old daughter abused the girl for months, according to prosecutors. “Including being strangled, punched, kicked, burned and thrown to the ground,” said prosecutor Lindsey Krause.
(9-year-old Elizabeth Holloway)
“Prosecutors say Cardenas had been abusing Elizabeth for the last 17 months — ever since she moved in with her. Holloway previously lived with her father in the Los Angeles area.
“A few days before her death, the defendant had punched and kicked Elizabeth in the abdomen area, which would later be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office to have caused a bruised pancreas,” said Krause. The prosecutor said Elizabeth suffered a slow and painful death over the next day or so as a result of her injuries.
“Elizabeth vomited a few times over these days. She described not being able to feel her legs and she told her 7-year-old half sister that she thought she was going to die.”
Cardenas is being held on a $2 million bail, and was charged with one count of murder. Child Protective Services has Elizabeth’s 1 year-old and 7-year-old siblings.