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Jury finds Hawaii woman guilty of assaulting 15-month-old daughter on flight from Alaska

FILE - In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Samantha Leialoha Watanabe walks outside of federal court in Honolulu. Jurors are deliberating, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, whether Watanabe is guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter during a flight from Alaska to Honolulu on May 3, 2015. Prosecutors say Watanabe cursed at her daughter Clementine, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair. They say passengers and flight attendants on the May 3 Alaska Airlines flight believed Watanabe was unnecessarily rough to a generally well-behaved toddler. (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

FILE - In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Samantha Leialoha Watanabe walks outside of federal court in Honolulu. Jurors are deliberating, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, whether Watanabe is guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter during a flight from Alaska to Honolulu on May 3, 2015. Prosecutors say Watanabe cursed at her daughter Clementine, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair. They say passengers and flight attendants on the May 3 Alaska Airlines flight believed Watanabe was unnecessarily rough to a generally well-behaved toddler. (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A federal jury has found a Hawaii woman guilty of assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska.

The jury reached its verdict Tuesday. It began deliberating Monday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Wallenstein alleged Samantha Leialoha Watanabe cursed at her daughter, smacked her in the head, hit her in the face with a stuffed doll and yanked out tufts of her hair.

He said passengers and flight attendants on the May 3 flight believed Watanabe was unnecessarily rough to a generally well-behaved toddler.

Defense attorney Alexander Silvert argued the allegations were fabricated by judgmental passengers who didn't like how Watanabe looked and dressed her child.