Woman Gets Life for Strangling Toddler Daughter

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling her toddler daughter with a bra.

A Seminole County jury found 24-year-old Nioshka Bello guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, and a judge sentenced the woman immediately after that.

Authorities say Bello strangled 2-year-old Janessa Sandoval in September 2009 in a Casselberry home.

Bello had argued with the child's father and believed that she would be left homeless the next day.

Bello was taken into custody several days after the toddler's death.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Bello spent months in a state mental hospital after being found incompetent to stand trial. But a judge reviewed medical reports last November and ruled that Bello was well enough to proceed.

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  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM
    If you murder a child, you should get the death penalty...period. Why should my tax dollars have to go to keeping scum like this fed, sheltered, etc...? Ugh, it's so frustrating!
  • by SouthernPatriot on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    This poor toddler is gone...so the taxpayer is lucky enough to support this woman for the rest of her life. Free meals, health care, dental...I guess that's punishment for killing a child.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    Good news, good newa you're not homeless. You can spend the rest of your life locked up. A roof over your head, 3 hots and a cot and plenty of people to talk to. And as for your daughter, she's in heaven with God.
  • by Mike Location: New Brockton, Al on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    Should have got death.
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