Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with the 2010 death of his young niece.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 49-year-old Leonard Orta Jr. was sentenced Friday.

They say he earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a plea agreement.

Orta was arrested in February 2010 after the body of 5-year-old Kaiya Kapahu was found in an apartment by her grandfather.

Authorities say Orta was the girl's caregiver since July 2010 and she suffered from Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that made her prone to seizures.

Orta was accused of intentionally withholding his niece's medication and nutrition.

Investigators say Orta had been caring for the girl because the treatment she needed wasn't available in Hawaii.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.