ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A judge sentenced a central Indiana woman to 24 years in prison Monday for the neglect of her malnourished, disabled, teenage granddaughter.
The Anderson woman apologized in court, saying her husband "would not let her care for" the girl. She pleaded guilty last month to six counts of neglect, three counts of criminal confinement and one count of battery resulting in bodily injury.
The physically and mentally disabled teenager, then 15, was found severely malnourished and neglected inside the home she shared with her grandparents last December. She weighed less than 40 pounds. She's now in foster care. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said in August that the girl's weight had increased to approximately 100 pounds and she was attending a special needs class.
The girl's grandfather also had entered into a plea agreement and was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but Circuit Judge Mark Dudley threw out the deal when the grandfather denied having battered the girl. A trial is set for Nov. 17.
Authorities have said the girl was abused and locked in a room, day and night, in the family's home. They have said they believe she was confined to the room from 2011 until she was found last year.