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Nanny pleads not guilty to felony assault, related charges

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Police released this photo of Lidia Quilligana, who was charged with risk of injury and assault. Police released this photo of Lidia Quilligana, who was charged with risk of injury and assault.
DANBURY, CT (AP) -

A Connecticut nanny accused of beating and burning a 3-year-old girl on a stove has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, risk of injury to a child, and criminal mischief.

Lidia Quilligana was arrested on March 20 after police say she was caught on a hidden camera force-feeding the child, physically abusing her, and pressing her hands and leg to a stove burner.

Police say the Danbury nanny told the victim's mother the girl was injured when she pulled a chair up to the stove, touched the burner and then fell and hit her head on a stove knob.

The 31-year-old Quilligana, originally from Ecuador, was the full-time babysitter for the girl and her two younger siblings.

She is due back in court May 27.

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