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Molester baby sitter ordered to pony up $10,000

• Woman had sexually assaulted 11-month old in Canyon Country

Posted: June 14, 2008 1:38 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

 

A 21-year-old woman who had been found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-month-old girl she was baby-sitting in a Canyon Country home was ordered Friday to pay about $10,000 in restitution.

Amy Sigala, who was sentenced in May to eight years in state prison, the maximum sentence allowable under state law, was not present in a San Fernando courtroom when Judge Harvey Giss announced his ruling.

In March, a jury found Sigala guilty of two of three charges brought against her in connection with the Aug. 15, 2006, assault.

"I felt that everything went well," the baby's grandmother, Sue, said. "Amy confessed to this crime. One of her friends tried to attack us (at the sentencing hearing). We had to be escorted out by deputies after that hearing was over."

Attorney William Chung, who was appointed by the court to represent the baby's mother, Jenni Soltero, argued his clients were due compensation for their suffering. Chung asked Soltero to take the stand at Friday's hearing.

Both Chung and Robert Kasenow, Sigala's attorney, asked Soltero a series of background questions so the judge would be able to determine a restitution amount.

Ultimately, the judge determined that Sigala should pay just under $10,000 in restitution to Soltero.

"Today was a good day," said Soltero, who testified at the hearing. "The judge was very good."

Sigala was found guilty on two counts in March, including a sexual abuse count of physical penetration of a child and a physical abuse count of inflicting injury on a child. A third count of bodily injury was dismissed by the jury.

On the day of the abuse, Sigala called the baby's mother, Soltero, 25, to report that the girl was bleeding from the genitals.

Soltero returned home and took her child to the hospital to receive stitches for her injuries. When asked what happened to the baby, Sigala reportedly blamed the incident on the girl's father, Paul Soltero.

Officials from the Department of Children and Family Services took the baby and another child into their custody. One child was taken to a home in Palmdale, while the other was taken to a home in Cerritos.

Both children were later returned to their parents when an investigation revealed that neither of the parents sexually assaulted the baby girl, and no charges were filed against the Solteros.

Sigala was in custody during Friday's restitution hearing and apparently plans to appeal the restitution order. She is being held at the Century Detention Facility in Lynwood.

"I hope Amy gets all the help she can get in prison," said Soltero's mother, Sue.

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