No verdict yet at child death trial

October 16, 2008 5:11:41 PM PDT
Brooklyn jurors have finished their second day of deliberations with no verdict in the trial of a mother accused of standing by as her husband beat her 7-year-old daughter to death. Nixzaliz Santiago is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in a case that made undernourished, battered Nixzmary Brown a symbol of abuse. The little girl's death hastened reforms to New York's troubled child welfare system.

On Thursday, the jurors asked to hear testimony from a child welfare worker who responded to reports of abuse.

The defense has portrayed Santiago as a concerned mother who tried to stop the abuse. Prosecutors say she callously allowed and encouraged it.

Nixzmary's stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was convicted of manslaughter of delivering the fatal blow on Jan. 11, 2006. He is serving 29 years in prison.

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