An Atascadero woman sentenced to more than 20 years in prison today for her role in the death of her daughter wept and apologized, and a judge called her punishment “appropriate,” though he said her story was “heartbreaking all the way around.”
Arianne Brito, 25, could be about 40 years old when she’s released from prison – based on time in jail already served and credit for good behavior.
Wearing a red jumpsuit, hair braided, Brito, talking through tears in court, said that she was “sorry for the pain” she caused.
“I wish I could do something now, but I can’t,” Brito said. “My daughter is gone. I miss her. I don’t have her anymore.”
Judge Charles Crandall called Brito “an accomplice” in the beating death of her 20-month old, Natalia Brito, who was struck in the chest by her husband, Fermin Palacios, on the day she died.
Brito pleaded no contest — which results in a conviction without an admission of guilt — on Dec. 18 to eight counts of child endangerment with an enhanced penalty for an injury resulting in death, and voluntary manslaughter.