In a case that prosecution called highly unusual, a 27-year-old San Antonio woman was sentenced to prison in the aggravated sexual assault of a child.
As part of a plea deal, Amanda Rodriguez will serve 10 years in prison for abusing a 4-year-old girl.
"This is very unusual because we typically don't see women in this situation as defendants. It's typically the men we see," prosecutor Jan Ischy-Prins said.
The sentencing stems from a case that began in 2009, when one of Rodriguez's friends took her in and let her live in her home, along with her 4-year-old daughter.
The girl's father was serving in the military overseas in Iraq at the time.
"I got out of the service because of this and moved back to San Antonio, and I'm glad justice was done today," he said.
He said no 4-year-old girl should ever go through what his daughter did.
Rodriguez was initially charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, which carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Even though she agreed to the lesser charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child before her sentencing, Rodriguez still denied sexually assaulting the little girl.
"I've never been alone with this little girl," she said.
She said she agreed to the plea deal so she will miss less of her own daughter's life.
"I signed the bargain because I'd rather her be 15 than 30 years old (when I get out of prison)," Rodriguez said.
Her request for deferred adjudication was denied.