Joplin woman sentenced for child abuse

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman is going to prison for the abuse and neglect of her young daughter.

Authorities arrested Celia Lara-Licon in March of 2020 after she brought her child to the hospital for vomiting.

Hospital staff found signs the child was malnourished and had been physically abused, including multiple head fractures.

This week, Lara-Licon took a plea deal and a judge sentenced her to 25-years in prison.