PHILADELPHIA — A former day care worker convicted of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia kindergarten classroom and sexually assaulting her has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors believe 22-year-old Christina Regusters donned a Muslim dress and veil to impersonate the girl’s mother and take her from the public school classroom in January 2013.
Regusters apologized Monday but said she is not a “monster.” She says her only role was taking the child from school and leaving her half-naked the next morning at a playground.
Investigators found a shirt at the playground that the victim had worn, and matched DNA samples found on it to Reguster. After arresting the former day care worker and accessing her search history, they found out that she had been looking for Muslim clothing and a guide to covering up DNA from sex assaults.
“I’m asking for your forgiveness,” Regusters said, according to Philly.com. “I am sorry. Although you may not take it, I apologize.”
The girl says, “I think what she did to me was wrong, and I think she shouldn’t do it to anyone else.” The Associated Press doesn’t identify victims of sexual abuse.
Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart calls the crime “a horror show.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.