Lesser term rejected for 2 in Pa. child’s death

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania judge has declined to reduce the 4½- to nine-year prison sentences of a man and woman in the malnutrition and dehydration death of their young daughter, who used a feeding tube.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that the Fayette County Judge Steve Leskinen on Thursday rejected the petition from 38-year-old Tammy Bohon and 58-year-old Robert Dodson.

Both pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the January 2011 death of 15-month-old Madison Dodson. Both acknowledged in court that they knew the child was very sick but did nothing to help her.

The judge rejected arguments of ineffective counsel, saying the facts of the case could have resulted in third-degree murder convictions and left both defendants facing 20- to 40-year prison terms.

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