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Mother pleads guilty in horrific abuse death of daughter

Posted on: November 20, 2009

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Mother pleads guilty in horrific abuse death of daughter

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Mila Petrov   Police photo

A suburban woman pleaded guilty today to the murder of her child in one of the more horrific child abuse cases in recent history.

Mila Petrov, 31, of Maine Township, admitted beating to death her 5-year-old daughter Melanie in 2007. The beating that killed the child was just one of many beatings, burnings and other tortures prosecutors say Petrov inflicted on Melanie over the course of her short life.

Petrov’s husband, Carlos Beltran, was sentenced in June to 20 years for his complicity in the ongoing abuse.  He had agreed to testify against his wife.

Under traditional sentencing, Petrov is eligible for between 20 and 60 years in prison for the murder.  The case qualifies for an extended sentence and prosecutors will ask the judge to impose more than 60 years, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Petrov will be sentenced December 10.

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