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McMinnville nurse sentenced for beating daughter


McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- A nurse practitioner has been sentenced to four months in jail after admitting she beat her daughter with an aluminum baseball bat.

Anna Rufo pleaded guilty to assault in exchange for dismissal of a criminal mistreatment charge and to avoid mandatory sentencing that could have sent her to prison for nearly six years.

Yamhill County Circuit Judge John Collins ruled the circumstances were a factor in reducing the sentence.

Rufo, 66, was charged last May, after school officials discovered welts and bruises running up and down the legs and arms of the 13-year-old daughter she adopted from a Chinese orphanage in 1997.

Rufo, who was fired by Physicians Medical Center after her arrest, has given up parental rights.

The judge ordered Rufo to continue with private counseling, take any medications prescribed for depression or anxiety, and undergo a domestic violence evaluation.

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