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Mom gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii mother must spend a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska.

Samantha Leialoha Watanabe declined to speak at her sentencing Tuesday.

A jury convicted her of assault after last year's trial where prosecutors alleged she cursed at her daughter, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair.

Defense attorneys argued the allegations were fabricated by judgmental passengers who didn't like how Watanabe looked and dressed her child.

In arguing for no jail time, public defender Alexander Silvert says Watanabe is breastfeeding her seventh child she gave birth to last month. He says she's led a hard life of drugs and homelessness.

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