Illegal Alien Burned, Beat and Dragged 3-Year-Old Girl By The Hair

DANBURY, CT (The News-Times) – Moments before a judge sentenced her to 15 years in prison for abusing three children in her care, a sobbing Lidia Quilligana apologized to the family she had wronged.

“I couldn’t control myself,” Quilligana, 32, said Tuesday through a Superior Court interpreter. “Believe me, I loved those children with all my heart. I’m sorry a thousand times.”

But the apology did little to sway the mother of the children, a 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old twins, who prosecutors said had been “tortured” by Quilligana. Authorities have said video from a “nanny cam” showed her holding the 3-year-old’s hands and legs to a hot stove, slapping her and dragging her around by their hair.

“To be frank, I’m not the one you should apologize to,” the mother of the victims said in a brief statement to the court. “You need to own up to what you did and serve your time. There is no excuse for your behavior.”

“I can’t even fathom what these children went through that wasn’t caught on video,” added the children’s godmother. “I can’t imagine spending day after day with this torture. These were all babies.”

Court officials said the case was like no other they had seen in their careers.

“There was an amount of sustained and depraved cruelty that I’ve never seen before,” said attorney Sharon Dornfeld, who was appointed to represent the victims. “Every parent at some point snaps and does something to their child they later regret. The video shows this case isn’t even close to that.

“She tortured those children,” Dornfeld told Judge Kevin Russo. “There is no other way to describe it.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray said the video, which was not shown in open court and which the judge ordered sealed last week, covers about 10 days in March 2015.

“The abuse occurred virtually every day that we have video for,” Murray said. “While Lidia may seem petite, she was big enough to casually pick up a 3-year-old girl and swing her around by the hair, much like a track star swings a hammer. It was just so disturbing. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Attorney Jenn Tunnard, who represents Quilligana, admitted that the level of abuse was “unthinkable, unconscionable and unfathomable,” but added that Quilligana had herself suffered from abuse as a child.

”Her father, who drank heavily, would hang Lidia and her siblings by their legs and beat them until they bled,” she said.

Quilligana disciplined the children in the only way she knew how, Tunnard said.

”While the public may see my client as a monster, she is really a sad person who lost control,” Tunnard said.

Quilligana, who has three children of her own, was approaching a nervous breakdown in the weeks leading up to the abuse, Tunnard said. She had left two older children behind in Ecuador when she came to the United States, and one had been injured in a car accident a few weeks before the abuse began.

The stress of providing for the child’s medical bills had became overwhelming, Quilligana’s sister said through the court interpreter.

“In our country, you have to pay first before you get medical care,” she said. “Lidia had spent most of that week up at night trying to figure out how to make more money.”

”My dad raised us in his own way, by beating us,” continued the sister, whose name was not immediately available. “As adults, and a mother myself, I realize that was wrong. Here in this country, there are protections for little children, but in our country there isn’t.”

Before handing down his sentence Judge Kevin Russo asked Quilligana’s sister why Quilligana would continue the same kind of abuse she received as a child.

“Because she needed help,” the sister answered. “She didn’t get the help she needs.”

While handing down his sentence, Russo noted that the theme song from “Chuggington,” a popular children’s show that teaches morals and values, was playing in the background while Quilligana held the girl’s legs to the hot stove.

Russo said the defining moment in the video for him was when Quilligana let the girl out of a toy box and ordered her upstairs, only to slap the girl violently in the face when she complied.

”As she turned up the stairs, you slapped her,” Russo asked Quilligana. ”For what? She had already complied with your orders.”

“But what it did was serve as a coming attraction for a horror movie,” the judge said. “It’s clear from her body language that (the girl) had accepted that beatings were part of her 3-year-old life.”

In handing down the 15-year sentence, Russo conceded it was inadequate.

“The punishment doesn’t even come close to fitting the crime,” he added.

16 thoughts on “Illegal Alien Burned, Beat and Dragged 3-Year-Old Girl By The Hair

  1. A GOD Fearing society wouldn’t tolerate this shit. The only proper answer would be the gas chamber. For the Judge……. The same…. Actions like this is NOT to be tolerated in a civilized society. Who cares how this bitch was treated when she was a child…. Helloo……. has anyone ever heard of INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY? WTF??? She’s an immigrant slug, who committed a crime against Humanity…. DEATH PENALTY!! NOW!!

  2. The poor kids…. F’ the parents. How do you get 10 days of abuse on nanny cam? They should get punished for both hiring an illegal alien and for doing nothing.

  3. Mexico has laws about illegals in their nation, very close to what ours in America is: the very difference is this: Mexico upholds their laws to a tee, here in America not so much and that needs to change, as for this person and thousands like her jail time is just another expense upon the American people, there are many other ways to deal with scum like her and other foreigners abusing our laws, welfare and citizens… all it would take is a few examples made of these scum and many would evac our nation, its inexpensive and packs a big punch with no chance of recovery.

    To the parents who brought this illegal into your home: the regret you carry will follow you every day, every hour, every second for the danger you put your children in, raise your own children, material items and personal comfort for yourself no longer applies when you have children: learn to go without.

  4. She goes to Prison for 15 years ( or less w/Parole) . While she get 3 Hots and a Cot on our Dime, who takes care and pays for the care of her 3 Kids ?
    Rhetorical Question.

  5. THIS IS VERY COMMON ON HOW THEY TREAT THEIR OWN KIDS ,THEY DISGUST ME …. HOPEFULLY THIS ILLEGAL LOSES HER OWN KIDS..I’M SURE SHE DOES SAME THING TO THEM…….I WOULD NEVER HIRE AN ILLEGAL….I QUIT MY JOB TO STAY HOME WITH MY KIDS ….THE PAY IS NOT WORTH IT……………….

  6. This is the price you pay for outsourcing your parenting to a pest-bidding steamer from am alien culture, known for the cheapness of life – all so that you can live in a nicer house with nicer cars, and nicer “friends”

  7. Corrections: This is the price you pay for outsourcing your parenting to a lowest-bidding stranger from am alien culture, known for the cheapness of life – all so that you can live in a nicer house with nicer cars, and nicer “friends”

  8. Parents knowingly hired the criminal invader to watch their kids. Too bad, so sad. My wife is a nanny/house manager, it pays $20+/hr, with a W-2, and taxes paid. If you can’t afford to do it legally, don’t have the kids, or send them to a legal daycare. Parents should be prosecuted as well.

  9. How many times must we see and hear of these horror stories? American parents hiring 3rd world invaders to care for their children while they work two jobs in order to live the high life. Mothers, your children don’t care if they have a flat screen TV and the latest cell phone! Stay home and BE A MOM! Your highest calling EVER and you throw it away for baubles!

  10. 10 days on video is 9 days too much. How could the parents let this go on for 9 days after the first day of video. Oh, right. They hired an unknown illegal because that care about their children so much

  11. What is wrong with her attorney making excuses for her? Of course he receives a substantial amount of money defending her. Basically he’s condoning what she did. He’s not much better than she is. TRASH. Since she was abused herself she knows it’s wrong.

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