The Wichita woman convicted of abusing a young girl in her care learns her fate in court.
Jessie Alqadi wanted probation but the state wanted the maximum penalty. The judge agreed with the state after a very emotional hearing.
In October, Alqadi was convicted of one count of aggravated kidnapping, five counts of kidnapping and child abuse. Testimony in the trial showed Alqadi tortured a young girl who was in her care by duct taping her, forcing her to sleep in a Rubbermaid box, and badly beating her.
Alqadi and her husband ran a daycare at the time. Prosecutors say the violence will not only have an effect on the victim but also the other children who witnessed the abuse.
Alqadi's defense attorney argued why he believes she deserves leniency. Alqadi's lawyer says his client is a caretaker at heart, who grew up in a dysfunctional family but always tries to look out for others.
In the end, the judge agreed with the state and sentenced Alqadi to more than 26 years in prison. She will not be eligible for parole for nearly 25 years.
Alqadi's husband received probation for his role in the case.