Nanny accused of abusing kids to have judge trial

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – Jurors won’t be involved in the trial of a Connecticut nanny accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl and her 1-year-old twin siblings.

The News-Times reports 32-year-old Lidia Quilligana, of Danbury, elected Tuesday to have a judge, not a jury, hear and review arguments in the case.Related: Nanny charged with beating, burning child faces more charges

Quilligana has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of first-degree assault.

Police say Quilligana was arrested last year after she was caught on video beating and burning a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting for a Danbury family. Authorities say she also abused the girl’s 1-year-old siblings. Prosecutors have said that she ripped hair out of the children’s heads.Related: Police say video shows abuse of 3-year-old child by nanny

Quilligana’s attorney says her client has no prior convictions.

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