Anchorage baby sitter who shook infant nephew to death gets 10 years in prison

Casey Grove
Marc Lester

An Anchorage woman was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years in prison for the death of her infant nephew, whom she shook and dropped while babysitting in 2010.

Prosecutors dropped a murder charge in June and Christina Moua, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for the death of six-month-old Caiioun Xiong.

On Friday, Judge Kevin Saxby accepted the sentence included in the plea deal and sentenced Moua -- who has three children of her own -- to 18 years with eight suspended.

According to the charges against Moua, she told police Xiong would not stop crying and she shook him, then dropped him into a car seat. The infant suffered a fractured skull and a broken collarbone, among other injuries, the charges said.

The case's resolution took longer than expected due to Moua's mental health issues, state prosecutor Paul Miovas said Monday. The plea agreement and sentence were fair for a case involving a vulnerable victim, Miovas said.

"The (parents) were very understanding and very intelligent in the negotiations, from my standpoint, because they understood what was happening," Miovas said. "They were active in making that decision, but they chose not to participate in the hearing Friday."

"This is on par with child fatalities even after trial, with these circumstances," he added.

Moua did not speak at the hearing, though her court-appointed attorney, Jeffrey Robinson spoke to the judge on her behalf. Robinson said Monday that it had been an emotional case for everyone involved.

"When a child dies, it is almost always the last caretaker who is blamed," Robinson said. "This was a complex case with a lot of time spent on it, appropriately."

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