NY1 VIDEO: The death of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown shocked the city in 2006. The little girl's stepfather Caesar Rodriguez was charged with beating Nixzmary to death, and her mother - Nixzaliz Santiago - was also charged with first-degree manslaughter and child endangerment. Two years later Santiago was tried in Brooklyn, and Jeanine Ramirez was in the courtroom when the verdict came in. Here's her report from October 17, 2008 as we continue our look back at 20 years of NY1.
NY1 FOLLOW-UP: Nixzaliz Santiago was sentenced to 43 years in prison for her role in her daughter's death. The tragic case also led to reforms at the city's Administration for Children's Services, and the passage of what is known as Nixzmary's Law. That law makes the maximum penalty in fatal child abuse cases life in prison without parole.