W. Pa. mom guilty of charges she abused twins, 6

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has been convicted of abusing and underfeeding her 6-year-old twins, one of whom was found wandering outside wearing only a shirt and diaper on a cold morning in February 2012.

Twenty-six-year-old Roxanne Taylor of New Eagle was convicted Monday. She was returned to the Washington County Jail, where she’ll remain until sentencing on Sept. 13.

Taylor took the stand to say she was a “good mother.” She said her children, who each weighed 30-some pounds, weren’t underfed but merely “picky” eaters. Her attorney says she was guilty only of being poor, not neglectful.

But prosecutors charged her with aggravated assault, child endangerment and other crimes after finding bruises on the children and signs they were undernourished.

A jury deliberated for about two hours before convicting Taylor.

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