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Carrollton woman on trial for child abuse case 13 years ago

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A Carrollton woman is on trial for child abuse that happened more than a decade ago.

Sylvia Romero is accused of abusing a stepdaughter so badly when the child was 2-years-old that 13 years later the child can't walk, talk and is forced to wear a diaper.

Romero was on the run for 11 years after the abuse occurred and was brought back to North Texas after she was found and served a warrant in North Carolina.

Prosecutors say part of the difficulty in working the case is the language barrier and length of time since the incident occurred.

First responders testified the toddler was unconscious when they arrived on the scene. The toddler suffered a skull fracture and lacerated pancreas.

Romero has told two different accounts of what happened that day – one that the girl fell from a couch and hit the floor and fire place. Another story is she fell from a rocking chair and the chair fell on top of her.

If convicted, Romero faces from five years to life in prison.

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