Carla Lockwood, the mother of 10 children, including 7-month-old twins born in police custody, pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in the starvation death of her preschool-age daughter, Nadine.
Her words were barely audible as she acknowledged depriving Nadine of food, hiding her from friends, family and social workers and failing to get medical help for her.
State Supreme Court Justice Budd G. Goodman told Ms. Lockwood that on Oct. 24, he will sentence her to 15 years to life in prison. She would have faced up to 25 years to life if she had been convicted after trial.
Ms. Lockwood, 34, was charged with murder after Nadine was found dead in her Harlem apartment Aug. 31, 1996. The child was nearly 5 years old and weighed 15 1/2 pounds.
Ms. Lockwood acknowledged that she hated the child and blamed her for much of the hardship in her life.