Mom gets 20 years in 3-year-old daughter’s death

Samantha Ellis (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A woman arrested following the death of her 3-year-old daughter will spend the next 20 years in prison.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced on Wednesday that Samantha Ellis received a 20-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction, followed by 10 years of probation. This follows the August 2012 death of her daughter Carmen.

Ellis pleaded guilty to neglect of dependent resulting in death, a Class A felony, for failing to get the child timely medical treatment and for failing to remove her from the presence of Jose Cruz, which prosecutors say resulted in her death.

Cruz, who was Ellis’ boyfriend, was sentenced to 75 years in October 2013, for the beating death of Carmen. Court documents state Cruz inflicted serious injuries on the 3-year-old, including blunt force trauma to her head and abdomen. She was found with bruises and other injuries over her entire body.

Cruz pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated battery, a Class B felony, for an assault before the deadly beating.

Officials say 75 years is believed to be one of the longest sentences given in Marion County for the killing of one child, with a statutory maximum sentence of 65 years for the murder and an additional 10 years for the aggravated battery, a release from the prosecutor’s office said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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