Stepmom Will Spend Life in Prison for Abuse, Death of 10-Year-Old

A 48-year-old Philadelphia woman who authorities say abused her stepdaughter for years has been sentenced to life in prison in the 10-year-old's death.

The district attorney's office says Margarita Garabito began abusing her stepdaughter, Charlenni Ferreira, in 2006. They say Garabito split the girl's head open and beat "every inch of her body."

Ferreira died in 2009 from a buildup of fluid inside her chest as a result of her broken ribs.

Prosecutors say Garabito tried to cover up a head wound Ferreira received with cotton gauze and put hair extensions on her head. Hair clips were used to affix the extensions and were embedded into her scalp like staples.

Authorities say the girl was also raped by Garabito's son. Ferreira's father was also arrested, but hanged himself in prison.

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