RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WPIX) -- A Queens woman found guilty last month in the 2016 strangulation murder of her young stepdaughter in the family's bathtub has been sentenced to up to life in prison, the Queens District Attorney's Office announced Monday.
Shamdai Arjun, 58, of Queens was sentenced Monday to 22 years to life in prison for the “heartless murder,” Queens District Attorney John M. Ryan announced.
Ashdeep Kaur's body was found in a bathtub by a neighbor in August 2016. Shamdai Arjun, 55, was found guilty of second-degree murder May 10 by a jury that deliberated for less than an hour.
Arjun was spotted leaving the home where the 9-year-old girl was killed around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2016 along with her ex-husband. The neighbor who spotted them asked Arjun where the 9-year-old girl was. Arjun said Kaur was in the bathroom waiting for her father to pick her up.
The neighbor called Kaur's father. He told the neighbor she should break down the bathroom door. The neighbor did and found Kaur's body in the tub.