Danbury nanny accused of abusing kids opts for bench trial

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Lidia Quilligana in court in March 2015

DANBURY — A Danbury nanny accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl and her 1-year-old twin siblings has opted for a bench trial.

The News-Times reports 32-year-old Lidia Quilligana chose Tuesday to have a judge, not a jury, hear and review arguments in the case.

Quilligana has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of first-degree assault.

Police said Quilligana was arrested last year after she was caught on video beating and burning a 3-year-old girl from a Danbury family. Authorities said she also abused the girl’s 1-year-old siblings. Prosecutors have said she ripped hair out of the children’s heads.

Quilligana’s attorney said her client has no prior convictions.