Stepfather guilty in abused child's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- A jury convicted a man of manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his 7-year-old stepdaughter after a trial that detailed years of horrific abuse and cast a spotlight on the city's troubled child welfare agency.

Nixzmary Brown weighed 36 pounds when she died, and her body was severely bruised.

Brooklyn jurors deliberated four days before finding Cesar Rodriguez guilty of lesser charges in the death of Nixzmary Brown.

The tiny, malnourished girl was severely punished after she was caught stealing yogurt. Prosecutors, who alleged the girl was the victim of years of abuse and neglect comparable to torture, had sought to convict Rodriguez of murder.

First-degree manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison; Rodriguez, 29, could have spent the rest of his life in prison if he'd been convicted of murder.

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