Stockton Foster Dad Sentenced in Shaken Baby Death; Wife Now Facing Charges

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As a Stockton man is sentenced to 25 years in prison after killing his foster daughter, criminal information about his wife is also surfacing.

Paul Teldeschi pleaded guilty to manslaughter, after a plea deal was made with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office.

This originates from an incident dating back to March 30, 2014, where Teldeschi called 911 to report his injured foster baby, Princess.

Court documents said Princess suffered traumatic brain injury, several fractures, and spinal injuries, before becoming comatose. She died five months later, and was buried four days before her first birthday.

Princess' biological mother, Tanya Palmer, was in the courtroom during the sentencing.

"She never said mom, she never walked talked, nothing," she said, crying. "Looking at him, I don't think he got enough time. He can still get out when he is 63 years old. The man will be out of prison. My daughter is dead forever."

In response, Deputy District Attorney, Ted McGarvey said Teldeschi is paying for what he did.
"He accepted responsibility," he said, "It was a heinous crime. This is a child who was 10 months old. Never got to experience her life. She spent 5 agonizing months, dying a slow and painful death."

Palmer knows she is far from perfect. She was arrested for drug possession on June 14, 2013, and was forced to give up her two of her six children, including Princess.

"They were actually in a really good home in Tracy. My kids practically grew up there. They raised them, until they moved them to Stockton, which I didn't understand why," Palmer said.

Palmer said she tried to get her children back, but it was too late. By that time, Princess was already in the hospital.

On January 20, 2015, San Joaquin County District Attorney's office also filed a criminal complaint against Teldeschi's wife, Christine Teldeschi, ironically a former parenting columnist for the local newspaper.

"Having his [Paul's] case resolved, we decided that she could have prevented this death that happened . And she didn't do enough to protect," Deputy DA McGarvey said.

Palmer agreed. "There is no way the damage my daughter suffered, she didn't know," she said.

Christine Teldeschi was arraigned Monday for Child Abuse/Endangerment charges. Palmer said no amount of punishment will ever be enough.

"Child endangerment doesn't put you in prison," Palmer said. "She still gets to have her kids. I don't get mine because of them."

Christine Teldeschi has been released on her own recognizance, meaning she promises to return to court for her pre-preliminary hearing next month on March 9th.

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