Antonia Benitez, Mom of 9 Who Abused and Starved 4-Year-Old Daughter, Gets Jail Time

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Illegal immigrant Antonia Benitez was a mother of nine by the time she was 35.

A 36-year-old mother of nine was convicted and sentenced to jail time last week for abusing and nearly starving to death her youngest, who at age 4 weighed only 18 pounds. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) objected to the sentence, arguing Santa Ana's Antonia Benitez should have received prison time.

Our Mexican-in-Chief got plenty of attention when he suggested last July the case "wakes up the Jim Gilchrist in you."

Antonia Benitez, Mother of 9, Accused of Starving 4-y.o. Daughter That Weighs 18 Lbs.

This is why the OCDA wanted Benitez hauled off to prison:

* Prior to June 2013, Benitez deprived her 4-year-old daughter of food, care and medical attention.

* In July 2012, the girl was hospitalized for being under-weight. The case was not reported to law enforcement at that time.

* On June 4, 2013, Benitez took the girl to the hospital for an infected wound on her leg. She failed to care for her daughter and abused her by failing to adequately feed the victim, who weighed only 18 pounds.

At the time of Benitez's arrest, she was also accused of having dropped her daughter off at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange and driving off. Needless to say, her other children, who ranged in age from 4 to 16, were taken into protective custody.

Benitez cut a deal that had her pleading guilty to three felony counts of child abuse with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury to a child under 5. In turn, she was sentenced to two years in jail, three years of formal probation and one year participation in a child abuser program.

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concerned
concerned

Would it not be justice for a person like this to suffer the same treatment she handed out and double since the child could not defend itself. God for once I would like the people who defend and hand out these slap on the wrist sentences to suffer the same, to feel what the victim did and lock this person up forever. Throw away the key 

Sameolshinola
Sameolshinola

Agencies should find the babies' dad, and make them pay for the cost of taking care if their children in foster care, I hope after she completes the child abuse program, they do not give them back to her, like they usually do

Laura Acuna
Laura Acuna

SHE SHOULD GET THE DEATH SENTENCE!!! OR STARVE HER TO DEATH!! POOR BABY I PRAY THAT SHE RECOVERS HEALTHY!! GOD BLESS YOU MIJA!!! OF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR BABIES, OR CHILDREN GIVE THEM UP THERE ARE PLENTY OF WOMEN LIKE MYSELF THAT WOULD LOVE THEM FOREVER & EVER AMEN!!!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

2 years in jail?  With time served she'll be out next summer.  She got off very lightly.

meheecan-cris-doner
meheecan-cris-doner

the oc weekly is starting to sound like their bffs at the oc register by using the language ”illegal immigrant.” hey pendejo, how is her legal status relevant to the story? correct me if, and only if, i am wrong, but the main point of the story is the child abuse.

King Dip
King Dip

If you had 9 kids and be an immigrant bitch you would have it hard too. Also to get people like you, doesnt help her. White people took the land of the indians , dont ever forget that. California, Texas and Arizona was Mexico, until White people took it from Mexicans. White people have always fucked up everything, not all whites just the white people that think everything belongs to them.

Debra F. Natera
Debra F. Natera

Deporting her is not the answer...she is a criminal and needs to be in prison. Child abuse is disgusting and has nothing to do with someone being illegal.

Viridiana Chabolla
Viridiana Chabolla

What she did was awful, but is the "illegal immigrant" comment really necessary? OC Weekly, very disappointed in you. Do you need to add extra demonization to an already awful thing? I would have seen her negatively without that added description. Also, there are plenty of citizens an white US born people who have done similar things. This is not particular to her immigration status. the OC Weekly continues to disappoint.

Beverly Poehlman
Beverly Poehlman

There are plenty of white trash around so do not be mean to her...she is in need of help..church indoctrination and ignorance and too many babies and the politicians who allowed the border to be unsecured ...she is now going to prison and who gets the children left?

Kelly Reinke
Kelly Reinke

Deportation is up to the Feds, not local law enforcement.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Steve SanFilipo do you know what a hasa is?? Its a pig that don't fly straight and neither do you

Mario Farias
Mario Farias

People like this deserve to die I'm not paying taxes so this bitch can eat in jail deport this piece of shit hopefully her kids do good in this beatifull country of ours n that bitch knt even call her a mom can fucken die!! Pinche India hija de puta

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Users rarely go to jail. Dealers and traffickers do.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Dee chooses to ignore all the latinos who are saying basically the same thing in this thread.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Because she has 9 anchors. How horrible would we be if we broke up her family? (sarcasm)

Chelsey Noell-Catherine Wright
Chelsey Noell-Catherine Wright

Like when is it time to wrap her shit seriously!!! Ppl like this should be forced to get their tubes tided since it's obvious they can't keep their legs closed!!!!

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

I've been fighting that fight for a long time, Scott. We're going to lose.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

You didn't know that nearly every OC Weakly piece comes with a value judgement, Raya? The only thing shocking about that is that they included a value judgement in a story about a latino. The value judgements are usually reserved for the stories involving white people.

Miles Banwell
Miles Banwell

This stupid CUNT should be put to death. Scumbag!

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

What's a NizE and what the hell are you trying to say in that run on sentence?

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Why wouldn't you point out that she is not a legal resident? That means I want to know she got deported the moment her jail sentence was over.

Alonzo Cruz Zendejas
Alonzo Cruz Zendejas

All you people saying "deport her" are stupid,. Shoot her in the head and save the human race from these type of people

Kim Guerra
Kim Guerra

Hang her high!! She shouldn't of had no kids!!! Lock her up

Gabriel Davila
Gabriel Davila

Deportation time ...and take the rest with you and come again.

Sarah Melton
Sarah Melton

Can the OC weekly elaborate on why deportation was not considered as part of her sentencing? The court knows she's illegal and they are okay with that? Will it be considered once she serves her time?

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

She doesn't go to prison but there are people with drug problems who never hurt anyone doing prison time. Fucked up system.

Shantell Leilani Gasso
Shantell Leilani Gasso

Deport her why though... so she can pay off some coyote to get back in?!?!?!! Might as well lock her ass up... at least the kids know that they won't be hurt by her anymore!! They'll (hopefully) be placed with BETTER families, and given the love they deserve. Sad part about all this too... where are the Dads??

Jorggi Delaney
Jorggi Delaney

Just send her as back to her country. She already received enough $$ from legal residents

Cecilia Gomez
Cecilia Gomez

I feel sorry for the 9 kids....it's not their fault, especially the 18 lb 4 year old.....she needs mental help + the kids need fostering....: ( Although let her do prison time!! I mean if you can't afford yo support your kids, 1 is MORE than ENOUGH!!

Raya's House Hudson
Raya's House Hudson

Illegal Immigrant is just a complement, I think whatever she did was nasty and the one who wrote this still very mad now that's why He or She still let it feelings write a little bit more than what it is...we call that in Spanish LA CEREZA EN EL PASTEL.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

You're some bum with a Dallas Cowboys neck tattoo. White people didn't cause your problems, you did. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, King Dip?

GabachodeMichigan
GabachodeMichigan

No, do not send her back without her serving her time first.  If you send her back, she'll be back in about 48 hours.  This miserable excuse for a human being would love to be deported back to Mexico today.  Let her rot in jail first.


As for "receiving money from legal residents", spare us the anti-immigrant BS.  Her kids who are born her have certainly received benefits to which they are legally and morally entitled.  The kids have suffered enough - hopefully her parental rights will soon be terminated and they can be adopted.

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