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Probation for mother who power-washed child

Associated Press, U.S.A. September 23, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. U.S.A. - A mother who was videotaped spraying her young daughter with a high-pressure water hose at an Orlando car wash has pleaded no contest to assault.

A judge sentenced Niurka (Nicki) Ramirez to one year supervised probation on Monday.

Prosecutors had dropped the more serious charges - felony child abuse and culpable negligence - from the February incident.

Ramirez had said she was trying to discipline her two-year-old daughter for throwing a temper tantrum.

She told authorities she did not use the high-pressure feature on the hose when spraying the child.

A nurse reported the girl had no visible injuries 11 days after the incident.