A former teacher was sentenced Tuesday to more than seven years in prison for forcing a Haitian girl to work as a slave for years, each day of the week, in her South Florida home.
Maude Paulin, 52, admitted she had made mistakes in bringing Simone Celestin to the U.S. and apologized for what happened, but insisted she wanted only good things for the girl.
"I love Simone with all my heart," Paulin told Senior U.S. District Judge Jose A. Gonzalez Jr. at a sentencing hearing. "I regret it. I blame myself."