14, 2006 -
June 25, 2009
Guadalupe Pena, who was 40 years
old at the time, told police that her daughter, Delilah had some how
accidentally tipped over
a pot of boiling water on to herself, Yolanda
said that Delilah was just misbehaving. So why
didn't Yolanda get
medical attention for her daughter after the
"accident"? Delilah was sent to her room for misbehaving and Yolanda
would not get help for her daughter until it was too late.
In court, in December of
2010, Yolanda's older daughter, who was abused
along with Delilah, would tell the truth of what really happened in
their home. Deputy District Attorney Arthur C. Hester questioned
Yolanda's 13 year old daughter who told of being tied up with blue yarn
and in a voice that was barely able to be heard, told of the horrible
abuse she and her sister had suffered at the hands of their mother.
While tied up with the blue yarn, the daughter was left in a closet for
hours at a time. The closet was a place that Yolanda would often keep
her children along with another closet where her sister was left,
inside a bucket. The teen aged girl said that she would be punished for
things such as bad grades and any time her mother thought she was
At one point, Yolanda
had tied up Delilah and used duct tape on her
wrists and ankles and that at times, the girls
were punished by being
placed in the tub and having boiling or cold
water poured over them. Delilah was apparently made to sleep while tied
to a chair in the living room and at times, her mother would beat her
with a hanger.
Yolanda was facing
charges of murder, torture, great bodily injury to a
child and infliction of injury on a child when
Delilah was found to
have first and second degree burns to her feet,
neck, chest, back and arms as well as other
signs of physical abuse.
Bail was set at $1 million dollars.
There is not a lot of
information out there about this story. I am
unable to find if this woman was ever found guilty or
if she was sentenced. I
am also unable to find any pictures of Delilah.
In June of 2013 it was reported that Yolanda Guadalupe Pena, who was
then 43 years old, was convicted of first degree murder, torture and
assaulting a child causing great bodily injury and inflicting injury on
a child, which was connected to another child, her 12 year old
daughter. Yolanda was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder
charge and life for the torture, the sentences would be served
consecutively. Some reports say she was sentenced to life with no
parole and still others say she was sentenced to two life sentenced. I
am not sure which is true, so I am putting them all here. I hope it's
the two life terms.
In court it came out that Yolanda had told her older daughter to pour
hot water on Delilah since she was misbehaving and since she was work,
she could not do it herself. When she got home, Delilah had burns all
over her body and the child had the nerve to break the rules and look
at her mother:
proceeded at that point to beat the little girls brains
out. She threw her against the
wall, used a high
heeled shoe to hit her in the head at least 20 time"
Attorney Lisa DiMaria
Delilah's older sisters said that Yolanda took a sock and put it into
her sisters mouth and another over her head, tied her up and put her in
a plastic tote and then went to visit some friends. Later that night,
Yolanda and her daughters found that Delilah had died. It came out in
court that Delilah was the child of Yolanda and another man who she had
been having an affair with and when her older daughter told their
father, it lead to a divorce. The older daughter had been told that
unless she told her mother about the "bad" things Delilah was doing,
she would also be punished.
Yolanda's lawyer, Thomas Cavanaugh, had the nerve to say that
while there was abuse in the home, that it more likely that Delilah had
hit her head on the floor several times, after falling while running
from her sister:
"By the time Yolanda
got home, this child was in a very bad way"
Thomas wanted the jury to consider a charge of manslaughter and not
murder and said though it had been wrong of Yolanda not to seek medical
help for Delilah, but that the head injuries were not caused by here
and were there when she got home:
"She did not inflict
the injuries that caused her child's death. There are big questions
that day and a lack of
Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins said in court:
"I don't know how one
human can do that to another"
Delilah's two sisters spoke in court:
"Mom, you have changed
my life in a big way. I want to tell you, you're still my mother. I hope
and pray to God we
can help you"
This was the daughter
who was also abused
"You made me question
myself. I love you because you're still my mother, But you not only
took away my little
sister, you took away my mom. I forgive you, but I will never forget"
This was the daughter
who was made to hurt her sister and hated it
wouldn't look at either of the girls as they were speaking to and about
you goes out to Maria and to CG, an anonymous e-mailer who called my
these updates and also allowed me to finally see what this little Angel
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