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Woman imprisoned for abusing twin babies

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two 4-month old twins, a brother and sister, are taken from their mother following a sentencing in Olmsted County Monday.

22 year old Kanishka Molina of Rochester was ordered to 7 years in prison after authorities found the two infants with numerous bone fractures.

On May 1, 2011, a 4 month old boy was brought to the emergency room at St. Marys Hospital, by his mother, for an arm fracture but the injuries were much more extensive.  According to a criminal complaint, further examination of the boy revealed bruises and other fractures in different states of recovery.

It wasn't until Monday, the courts proved Molina accountable.  "I don't know how specifically the injuries occurred but it was clearly within her care.  And it's our understanding, and we've proven, that she inflicted those injuries herself," said Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem.

Molina is the mother of five. Law enforcement was sent to her home in Southeast Rochester to check the well being of the other children.  Upon further investigation, the boy's twin sister was also suffering from more than 10 bone fractures.  The complaint states, in the case of the twins, Molina would get angry and frustrated and takes it out on the two... picking them up "fast" and using more force than she may have realized putting them into a car seat.

As for the three older children, they were ok.

"She pretty much raised her kids all by herself. And she did successfully for the first seven years with her three kids.  Then when she had these two others it just became too much for her," said Public Defender William Wright. 

Molina does not have a criminal history of child neglect, alcohol, or drug use.  "And so we felt under these circumstances, we had a pretty good shot at getting her a probation since she was a first time offender," said Wright.

"They (defense) made a fairly strong argument asking the court not to execute a sentence.  They thought there were some services available that would better serve her in the public," said Ostrem.

In the end, the court looked at the severity of the children's injuries, the repetition of those injury's and their young age.

"The prosecutor made a very strong argument that executing a sentence was the only appropriate sentence and ultimately that's what the judge went with," said Ostrem.

"She was just sitting there next to me weeping and crying not knowing what to do," said Wright.  I think she was overwhelmed with the thought of having to go to prison being separated from the rest of her family."

The state terminated her parental rights to all five of her children and placed them into foster care and eventual adoption.

The judge ordered Molina to 7 years in prison.

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