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 May 15, 2005
Nanny convicted of second-degree murder in deaths of children
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MARTINEZ, Calif. A jury in California has convicted a nanny of two counts of second-degree murder in the hit-and-run deaths of two children.

Prosecutors were able to convince the jury that Jimena (HI'-meh-nuh) Barreto was drunk and under the influence of prescription drugs when she lost control of her car on a Danville, California, street in October, 2003.

Barreto was also found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and causing injury, and driving with a suspended license.

The car jumped a curb, hitting and killing ten-year-old Troy Pack and his seven-year-old sister, Alana.

Barreto admitted taking the prescription painkiller Vicodin and a muscle relaxant for back pain. But she denied being under the influence of alcohol.

Barreto now faces up to 30 years in prison.

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