A 16-year-old girl, Sabrina Ray, died May last year, weighing just about 25kg. Her adoptive parents had starved her and her brother had beaten her, Daily Mail reports.
According to the report, on the day of her death, Sabrina was at her grandmother Carla Bousman’s home with her two sisters.
Despite seeing Sabrina vomit and soil herself that morning of her death, Carla, 63, locked her in a room with her siblings and did not seek medical help.
Carla, 63, has now been jailed for 20 years for her crime. Marc and Misty, her adoptive parents, are also awaiting trial on murder charges. Justin, 22, has been jailed for 10 years for abusing her. He reportedly kicked her down the stairs days before her death.
“She had woke up vomiting and had soiled herself and her clothes and I just thought that she wasn’t feeling well and I gave her a shower and cleaned her all up,” Carla was quoted as saying.
“I wish I could go back to that day and change everything and do what I know was the proper thing to do.
“I can’t change what was done now, but I’m very sorry and miss all my grandchildren very much,” she said, according to The Des Moines Register.
Marc and Misty who ran an in-house childcare, were not at home when Sabrina died. They were away on a trip to Disneyland.
According to Daily Mail, Sabrina had gone to live with them in 2011 after being taken into the care of authorities away from her methamphetamine-addict father.
Three other children were removed from the home after Sabrina’s death at her home in Perry, Iowa.