MIAMI (AP) - A Miami-Dade jury has recommended the death penalty for the mother twice convicted of killing the 3-year-old boy known as "Baby Lollipops."
The 7-5 recommendation was announced Thursday for 49-year-old Ana Maria Cardona. A judge will make the final decision. The same jury found her guilty in July of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse for the 1990 death of Lazaro Figueroa.
Investigators initially unsure of the boy's identity called him "Baby Lollipops" because of a T-shirt he was wearing.
Cardona was first convicted in 1992 and sentenced to death, but a new trial was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. The court found prosecutors failed to share with defense attorneys some interviews with their main witness.
Cardona blamed the witness for the boy's death.