Couple gets decades in prison for starving disabled son

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Posted: Dec 16, 2015 3:57 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman have been sentenced to decades in prison in the starvation death of their disabled 9-year-old son last year in Pennsylvania.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jarrod Tutko Sr. was sentenced Wednesday to 21 to 42 years in prison. His wife, 40-year-old Kimberly Tutko, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years.

Both pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr., whose decomposing body was found in August 2014 in the family's Harrisburg home. The man also pleaded guilty to concealing the death.

Authorities said the boy, who had a genetic disorder with autism-like symptoms, weighed less than 17 pounds at the time of his death.

The parents also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and child endangerment related to their 10-year-old disabled daughter.