STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Woman sentenced to 35 years for beating son to death on 4th birthday

A woman convicted of fatally beating her son on his fourth birthday was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday,...

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 11:55 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2018 11:55 AM

A woman convicted of fatally beating her son on his fourth birthday was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Crystal Valdez, 35, was convicted Sept. 2017 of first degree murder in 4-year-old Christopher's death. She faced up to 60 years.

Prosecutors also argued that Valdez tried to cover up the boy's death.

Valdez's brother, Joseph, who found the child's body in 2011, called his sister a "monster" in court, according to the Tribune.

Valdez's boyfriend, Cesar Ruiz, was convicted in the boy's murder in 2013. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison.

The Tribune said both Valdez and Ruiz pointed fingers at each other in the trials.

Valdez has three other children. Her parents have custody of them.

Christopher would have turned 11 this year.

Article Comments

Chico
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
Oroville
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 54°
Paradise
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 54°
Chester
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Red Bluff
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
Willows
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 54°
Rain and snow showers will become heavier and more widespread on Friday. Snow levels will drop as we head into your weekend, and then we'll dry out on Sunday.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events