The child, Ena Barreto, died May 19, 2008 in a Memphis hospital from blunt trauma injuries to her head and torso.
July 2, 2008, Torres admitted she lost control emotionally, struck the child and threw her into a baby bed at their rural Union County home.
She faces up to 20 years in prison and has been held in the Union County Jail for nearly two years, awaiting the trial of her stepfather and mother, Ramon and Janet Lee Killough Barreto. She was expected to be a key prosecution witness.
But the Barretos disappeared nearly a year ago as they faced 10 criminal counts – six on child endangerment, three on felony child abuse and one of manslaughter by culpable negligence.
A Union County grand jury accused them of forcing Torres to care for their seven adopted children, most under the age of 3, without proper training or support, which contributed to her fatally injuring one of them.
Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth will preside over the sentencing at the Lafayette County Courthouse.
He’s likely to hear testimony, among others, from law enforcement about Torres’ jail experience and a description of the teen’s life leading up to the child’s death.
Read more in Thursday's NEMS Daily Journal and NEMS360.com.