Aquelin Talamantes wears jail-issued clothing during her arraignment last fall in connection with the drowning death of her 5-year-old daughter. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo

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Sanity phase begins

By From page A7 | June 01, 2014

The trial’s sanity phase will determine whether Aquelin Crystal Talamantes, 29, serves her time in a locked mental health facility or in state prison, where she would face a sentence of at least 25 years to life.

To obtain an insanity verdict, the defense must prove Talamantes suffered from mental disease or defect at the time of the crime — in which she drowned her 5-year-old daughter Tatiana Garcia — and that it rendered her incapable of knowing her actions were morally or legally wrong.

Enterprise staff

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