A mother who force-fed her 2-year-old daughter toxic levels of salt to punish her pleaded no contest Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge.
Westmorland resident Hillary Titsworth, 22, will be sentenced Feb. 28 and will face a prison term of 15 years to life.
Her husband, John Anthony Titsworth, 24, pleaded no contest in the County Courthouse in El Centro on Tuesday to charges of child endangerment and being an accessory after the fact. He will be sentenced Feb. 25 and faces a maximum prison term of six years.
The Titsworths' case stems from the April 9, 2001, death of their daughter, Kateland.
An autopsy revealed Kateland had toxic levels of salt in her system. Hillary Titsworth admitted to authorities she fed her daughter salt as punishment.
She and her husband were arrested on suspicion of murder and the District Attorney's Office filed murder charges against both.
The charges against John Titsworth were later reduced to the counts of child abuse and being an accessory after the fact.