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Indiana woman gets 12 years for neglect of malnourished teen

March 28, 2017

An eastern Indiana woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the neglect of her 15-year-old niece who weighed just 40 pounds when she was admitted to a hospital.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports that the 23-year-old aunt from Anderson was sentenced Monday on six counts of neglect. The woman's parents are serving 24-year prison sentences following their convictions on related crimes.

The emaciated teen, who has physical and mental disabilities, had been living in a locked bedroom with a mattress and a floor streaked with feces and blood when she was discovered in December 2014.

She now lives in foster care. Her weight grew to about 100 pounds within a year.

Anderson is 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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