DANBURY, CT (The News-Times) – Moments before a judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison for abusing three children in her care, a sobbing Lidia Quilligana apologized to the family she had wronged.
“I couldn’t control myself,” Quilligana, 32, said Tuesday through a Superior Court interpreter. “Believe me, I loved those children with all my heart. I’m sorry a thousand times.”
But the apology did little to sway the mother of the children, a 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old twins, who prosecutors said had been “tortured” by Quilligana. Authorities have said video from a “nanny cam” showed her holding the 3-year-old’s hands and legs to a hot stove, slapping her and dragging her around by their hair.
“To be frank, I’m not the one you should apologize to,” the mother of the victims said in a brief statement to the court. “You need to own up to what you did and serve your time. There is no excuse for your behavior.”
“I can’t even fathom what these children went through that wasn’t caught on video,” added the children’s godmother. “I can’t imagine spending day after day with this torture. These were all babies.”
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