Judge: Nixzmary's mom on trial in June

Stepfather was convicted
March 27, 2008 10:36:15 AM PDT
A judge is aiming for a trial within three months for a Brooklyn mother accused of beating her starving, abused 7-year-old daughter to death in a case that spurred public outrage and child-welfare reforms. Nixzaliz Santiago faces a murder charge in Nixzmary Brown's January 2006 death. The child's stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was convicted last week of manslaughter. He was acquitted of murder.

His lawyer said Santiago was the killer and described her as "demented."

Santiago's lawyer, Sammy Sanchez, says other inmates spit on his client and called her a "baby killer" as she rode to court for a hearing yesterday. At the hearing, state Supreme Court Judge Patricia DiMango said she wanted Santiago's trial to start in May or June.