Cartagena Breaks Silence in Emotional, Bizarre Court Statement

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) A visibly distraught Candace Cartagena broke her silence in court Tuesday before a judge sentenced her 25 years to life for the murder of her 8 year old daughter, Bianca.

"She's very disorganized, very distraught and it's likely that before and currently she was and is mentally and psychologically unstable," said Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, a forensic psychologist. "Then you add to that the stress of, she's gonna be in prison for the bulk of her life further disorganizes her capacity to think logically and rationally."

In court, Cartagena expressed her love for Bianca and her family and also added that she won't admit to a crime she says she didn't commit. The convicted mother insists that accidentally rolled on top of her daughter in bed while she herself tried to commit suicide.

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