Texas woman gets 20 years in child starvation case

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for starving her two young daughters. A jury sentenced 24-year-old Kayela McClintick on Thursday. She was convicted Wednesday of injuring by omission her 6- and 2-year-old daughters in 2012.

Doctors say the girls were found starving and dehydrated. McClintick told a prosecutor Thursday that she isn’t guilty.

The older girl told police in 2012 that she and her sister slept in a closet and were fed once a day. She said they were told to stay in the closet while her mother and another woman danced for men at the home.

McClintick will be eligible for parole in 10 years. The girls have been placed in foster care.

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