Woman admits to helping torture and kill 3-year-old girl who died looking like ‘a child out of a concentration camp’

Left/ Alexis Herrera, top/ Laura Ramirez, bottom/ Jose Salazr-Ortiz Sr. (Allegheny County Jail), right/ Bella Rae Seachrist (Burket-Truby Funeral Home)

Alexis Herrera (left), Laura Ramirez (inset top), Jose Salazar-Ortiz Sr. (inset bottom) (via Allegheny County Jail). Right: Bella Rae Seachrist (Burket-Truby Funeral Home)

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman will be the third and final person to go prison for killing a 3-year-old girl who was tortured and beaten to death in horrific fashion.

Alexis Herrera will join her sister and brother-in-law behind bars after pleading guilty to a spate of felonies in connection with the slaying of young Bella Rae Seachrist, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

Specifically, Herrera pleaded guilty to counts of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful restraint, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, and one general charge of criminal homicide.

By pleading to the latter open-ended homicide charge, rather than a specific category of homicide such as first-degree, second-degree, or manslaughter, Herrera will leave herself at the mercy of Allegheny County Judge Bruce R. Beemer.

Beemer will preside over a yet-to-be scheduled “degree of guilt hearing,” wherein both sides will present evidence of Herrera’s culpability — or lack thereof — in Bella’s murder. The judge will then decide whether she was guilty of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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