California mother charged with torture, murder of 12-year-old daughter

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve charged a Central California woman with torturing and killing her young daughter, who died In October 2014.

KFSN-TV in Fresno reported Tuesday that 42-year-old Amy Chavoya of Madera Ranchos is accused of beating, starving and using a stun gun on her daughter.

Prosecutors say they’ve also charged Chavoya with abusing four other children in her home.

They say the abuse that killed her daughter began in 2011.

KFSN reports that the girl was about 12 when she died.

Chavoya was arrested in November. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She’s due in court Friday.

Defense attorney Steven Geringer declined to comment on behalf of Chavoya when contacted by The Associated Press.

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