Mom will only serve 5 years for child abuse

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A judge gave a big break to the mother of two young girls who were found starving, beaten and living in a bathtub.

Roberta Marquez-Chavez was sentenced Wednesday morning to five years in prison; she faced more than 18.

The judge read off the charges and what Marquez-Chavez faced and then suspended most of the sentence.

Marquez-Chavez pleaded guilty in October to child abuse charges.

On Christmas Eve 2011, police arrested her for child abuse and kidnapping. A neighbor called police after seeing the two young kids – ages 3 and 5 at the time – naked and starving in their bathtub.

APD officials said the two girls had 20 broken bones between them, including a broken back and fractured skull.

Marquez-Chavez still insists it was her boyfriend Jesus Acosta-Contreras who abused the girls.

She was also convicted of failing to report child abuse.

The Children, Youth and Families Department took custody of the kids after her arrest. Marquez-Chavez is not allowed to have any contact with them.

Prosecutors say the girls are still very traumatized by what happened.

Acosta-Contreras is still on the loose. Police suspect he’s hiding in Mexico.

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