Oleander Labier was 5 years old when rescue workers found her dead with broken bones from head to toe in the Gresham, Ore. home of Christopher A. Rosillo and Guadalupe Quintero. But by then she'd already been horribly abused for more than three years. Now Quintero, a former beauty-pageant queen and the girlfriend of the deceased girl's father, Rosillo, is heading to prison for 20 years for "making it easy" for her lover to starve and abuse the little girl until she finally keeled over.
Rosillo is expected to plead guilty to his own unspecified charges later this week. It's unclear if the bargain will keep him from receiving a life sentence or worse, but generally that's how these things work.
Little Oleander's years of abuse came to light on April 13 last year, when Gresham police arrived at the couple's house after receiving a call that the little girl wasn't breathing. The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital shortly afterward, but was dead before she got there.
Broken bones--some months old--were found all over the girl's body, and she was grossly malnourished, weighing a scant 28 pounds.
Soon the stories of how the couple--mostly Rosillo--regularly beat the little girl with a belt and other objects and denied her food as well. The torture went on for more than three years
Quintero is a former winner of the Miss Teen Clackamas County beauty pageant in 2006. After the pageant, she went on to an illustrious career stocking shelves at Ross.
At the hearing she ducked full responsibility for the child's death, saying:
"I'm sorry that I wasn't able to protect Oleander as much as I should have. I didn't mean for any of this to happen. And I didn't choose for this to happen."
Apparently she wasn't "choosing" to beat the crap out of the kid with the belt when she did. It just happened.