EVERETT – A woman who earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the beating death of her stepdaughter, Sirita Sotelo, was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum term of 8 1/2 years.
“Sirita Sotelo came into your home needing love. She got a cold shower for soiling herself, a black eye, a severed liver and a fractured skull,” Snohomish County Superior Court Judge George Bowden told Heather Ewell of Lake Stevens.
No one called 911 for at least two hours after the little girl died Jan. 21 of a skull fracture and liver injuries.
“By the time the aid car had came, rigor mortis had set in while you were watching a movie with your other children,” Bowden added.
The 25-year-old Ewell apologized, saying she “just snapped” the night the 4-year-old died.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.