Diana Vicky Estrada

Diana Vicky Estrada

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- A Lake Elsinore woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of torture and child abuse for holding her 2-year-old daughter's legs under scalding water as punishment.

Diana Vicky Estrada, 24, claimed the burns on her daughter's legs were an accident, but prosecutors alleged the injuries were the result of a potty-training outburst.

In 2009, Sheriff's deputies were contacted by staff at the A+ Urgent Care Clinic in Lake Elsinore after the girl was brought in with severe burns to her lower body.

The toddler was taken to the burn unit at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

By the time, Estrada sought treatment for the girl, prosecutors say the burns had become infected.

Investigators interviewed Estrada, who said her daughter accidentally fell into a bathtub full of hot water in which she was cleaning curtains.

Authorities say they determined upon further investigation that Estrada held the girl in the hot water as a form of punishment.

Estrada's other daughter, who is 4 years old, was taken into protective custody.

In 2008, Estrada pleaded guilty to child abuse with great bodily injury and serious felony allegations.

Authorities were called to Rancho Springs Medical Center in 2007, after she showed up with her older daughter, who was treated for a urinary tract infection, multiple bruises and dehydration.

Doctors who examined the child found evidence of healing fractures of both arms, with evidence that the limbs were broken at different times, according to sheriff's officials.

Records indicate that the child had failed to thrive under the care of her mother, gaining only two pounds between Dec. 12, 2005, and March 10, 2006, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant prepared by sheriff's Investigator Darin Gray.

Estrada was sentenced to 48 months probation and six months jail time.

She also was required to take parenting classes and enroll in a program for child batterers.