19 May '11, 6am

Woman set daughter, six, on fire in voodoo ritual

NEW YORK - A mother pleaded guilty yesterday to assault charges for setting her six-year-old daughter ablaze in a voodoo ritual at their New York home. Marie Lauradin, 31, will be sentenced next month to 17 years in prison for burning her daughter, Frantzcia Saintil, who was permanently scarred in the February 2009 incident, the Queens District Attorney said. "Despite the child's cries for help and the severity of her injuries, she failed to seek immediate medical attention," District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. "This is a tragic case in which the person a child should most feel safe with is the one who caused her so much pain." Lauradin had originally told police that her daughter's face, legs and torso were burned in a kitchen accident in which a pot of boiling rice was knocked from the stove. After being released from hospital, Frantzcia was placed in fo...

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NEW YORK - PROSECUTORS say a New York City woman admitted setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual by pou...