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Arizona mom sentenced for duct-taped children

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A judge on Tuesday sentenced a Coconino County woman to probation after she pleaded guilty to child abuse for posting photos of her duct-taped young children on Facebook.

Kayla Almuina, 20, could see her felony child abuse conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if she successfully completes her three years of probation, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. She was sentenced after reaching a plea deal last month.

The paper reports the felony conviction will remain for her husband, Frankie Almuina, who was earlier sentenced to 18 months' probation in the case.

Frankie Almuina told jurors he was playing a game with his children when he taped their hands, mouths and feet in December 2011.

Kayla Almuina took photos and posted them online, prompting one of her friends to report them to police. The photos showed their 2-year-old son being hung upside down by his bound feet and their 11-month-old daughter crying.

Defense attorney Kenneth Sheffield told the judge his client was remorseful and her family had suffered from publicity from the case.

``Except for this incident, my client has always been described as a good mother,'' Sheffield told the judge.

Investigators arrived at the home within hours of the photos being posted online.

The couple spent 59 days in jail after their arrests.


Information from: Arizona Daily Sun,

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