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Yakima mom pleads guilty to abusing, withholding food from twin 8-year-old, emaciated daughters

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Yakima woman pleaded guilty Thursday to abusing her 8-year-old twins who were emaciated when relatives rescued them from the home.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/tBi3nu ) 28-year-old Kai Martinez pleaded guilty to two counts each of third-degree child assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment. She admitted to withholding food and other basic needs.

Under the plea agreement, Martinez faces a 10-year prison sentence.

Her lawyer, Scott Bruns, wants her sent to a prison-based drug treatment program, which could reduce her time in prison.

Court papers say the girls told police they’d been abused, starved and locked in a bedroom before cousins rescued them Feb. 6.

Police say the twins weighed less than 44 pounds each when they were rescued. According to a police affidavit, a doctor said the girls should have weighed twice as much as they did.

The girls are now being cared for by an aunt.

 

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2 comments

  • sheila

    The sentence should be for each child that she abused individually, in other words she should receive 20 years because there were two children involved. She had twice the opportunity to correct her actions when she had to consider how she cared for the children. It isn’t like she was thinking the child is misbehaving and so I’ll do this as punishment, she had to decide to do it to each child individually and so her punishment should be considered individually and that should make it 10 years for each conviction.

  • AbigailDBerg

    my classmate’s aunt makes $72 /hr on the computer . She has been fired from work for seven months but last month her paycheck was $16182 just working on the computer for a few hours. learn the facts here now Read More