The mother who burned her 6-year-old daughter as part of a voodoo ritual pleaded guilty to assault, the Queens District Attorney announced yesterday.

Marie Lauradin, 31, a Queens Village resident, is expected to be sentenced to 17 years in prison at her next court date in June.

According to the district attorney’s office, in February 2009 Lauradin poured accelerant on her daughter and in a circle on the floor. She then set the circle on fire and placed her naked daughter inside the ring.

Lauradin also refused to seek appropriate medical care for the girl afterwards, the district attorney’s office said.

The girl’s aunt eventually convinced the family to take her to New York Presbyterian, where the child was admitted with second- and third-degree burns covering 25 percent of her body. She was put into a coma and connected to a respirator.

Lauradin initially lied, officials said, telling cops that she dropped boiling water on the girl.
The girl’s grandmother, 72-year-old Sylvenie Thessier, was also sentenced to one to three years in prison for reckless endangerment.


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