Courts & Crime

Miami woman sentenced to death for second time

Ana Maria Cardona, the Miami woman convicted of torturing and beating her toddler son to death in 1990, will be executed for her crimes, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Friday.

This will be Cardona’s second trip to Death Row.

Circuit Judge Reemberto Diaz delivered the sentence after recounting in agonizing detail the fractured bones, sunken belly and infected bruises that Lazaro “Baby Lollipops” Figueroa suffered during his short and tormented life.

“The terror this 3-year-old child must have felt is unfathomable,” Diaz told Cardona.

Last July, a jury convicted Cardona, 50, of first-degree murder and aggravated abuse. In November 1990, the boy’s emaciated and bloodied body — draped in a shirt adorned with drawings of lollipops — was discovered in the bushes of a bay-front Miami Beach house.

In October, jurors recommended the death penalty – the second time Cardona faced that verdict.

In 1992, jurors convicted Cardona and she was sentenced to die, becoming the first woman in Florida to be sent to Death Row for murdering her own child.

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