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Maricopa woman convicted of killing toddler in 2015

Florence, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) — A Maricopa woman was found guilty Friday of murder in connection with the 2015 death of a 3-year-old girl.

A Pinal County Superior Court judge found 53-year-old Sean Mayne guilty of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree felony child abuse, and two counts of fourth-degree felony child abuse.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Mayne was driving 3-year-old Tiana Rosalie Capps to the hospital on November 19, 2015 when he called 911 after the girl was seriously injured.She stopped her car in the area of Amarillo Valley Road and Century Road, south of Maricopa. Paramedics performed CPR and took Tiana to the hospital, where she later died.

The child had black marks on both eyes, bruising around his head and stomach, and was severely dehydrated and malnourished, according to Child Safety. An autopsy said Tiana died of “multiple blunt force trauma.”

Deputies searched the home where Tiana lived and found it “filthy and piled high with animal feces and belongings.” The girl lived there with Mayne, Maria C. Tiglao, her biological mother, Tina Morse, and three boys.

At the time of their arrests in 2015, they were 5 years old, 4 years old and 5 months old, all of Morse's children.

All three women were arrested on Christmas Eve 2015.

Morse admitted that he did not take care of Tina, and that it was Maine who did. According to PCSO, Mayne admitted that Tiana was under her care when she suffered the fatal injuries. Mr. Mayne claimed that the 3-year-old girl had fallen repeatedly and injured herself.

But investigators and judges didn't buy it. Prosecutors said there were “more than a dozen impacts to the victim's head and face” and that the injuries were not caused by the fall.

Main's trial was a jury trial, so there was no jury, and the judge decided whether he was guilty or not guilty.

Her sentencing is scheduled for April 10, but Mayne is not facing the death penalty.

Morse pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and was sentenced to two years in prison in December 2016.

Tiaglao was charged with five counts of child abuse. She is not sure what happened to her case.

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