Long prison terms sought in death of two children

Prosecutors in Alajuela are seeking lengthy prison terms for a couple who were involved in the death of their own daughter, 3, and an infant of a relative.

The 3 year old died of drowning, which prosecutors now call a murder. The four-month old infant died of malnutrition. The pair have the last names of Rojas Ugalde and Cisneros Guerrero. The case is in the Tribunal Penal de Alajuela.

The first death happened in 2008 and originally was considered an accident. The pair took on the care of the infant when a relative could not. The woman also is accused of faking a pregnancy to get money from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The prosecutors also are seeking a penalty against a social worker at the Patronato Nacional de Infancia who was supposed to keep an eye on the child. The penalty sought is not being able to hold a public job for four years.

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