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Hillary Titsworth to be sentenced to life Thursday

March 13, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

A Westmorland woman who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for causing the death of her 2-year-old daughter by feeding her toxic levels of salt will be sentenced Thursday.

Hillary Titsworth is facing a mandatory life sentence with possibility of parole.

Her sentencing is set for 9 a.m. in jail court at the county Sheriff's Office.

Titsworth pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in January in an agreement with the District Attorney's Office in which a charge of assault on a child resulting in death was dropped.

The case dates back to April 9, 2001 when Titsworth's 2-year-old daughter, Kateland, died from salt poisoning.

On April 11, Titsworth and her husband, John Anthony Titsworth, were arrested and both were charged with murder.

Later the murder charge against her husband was reduced to child abuse and serving as an accessory after the fact.

John Titsworth pleaded guilty to those charges and has been sentenced to four years in state prison.


During a preliminary hearing, information about Kateland's death was released. The DA's Office argued that Hillary Titsworth had force-fed her daughter salt as punishment.

Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen has said Hillary Titsworth likely did not mean to kill her daughter, but added she did have malice when she forced salt down her daughter's throat.

Hillary Titsworth's attorney, Poli Flores of El Centro, said when she entered her plea in January it was her decision to do so. He said she weighed the options and made her decision.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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