Couple gets decades in prison for starving disabled son

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Couple Sentenced for Starving Son to Death.

Jarrod Tutko Sr., 39, and Kimberly Tutko, 40, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related offenses and Judge John Cherry of Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas held them equally culpable, Reuters reports.HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Prosecutors, detectives, caseworkers, and a judge all cried in a Dauphin County courtroom Wednesday as a Harrisburg couple was sentenced in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son and the neglect of their 10-year-old daughter. McCormack spoke of gruesome new details of the night in August 2014 when police removed the decomposing body of Jarrod Tutko Jr. from the family’s home at 2119 Green Street.

I tried my hardest.” The couple lived with their six children, all but one of whom was disabled, in a rented home less than three blocks from the Pennsylvania governor’s official residence. Jarrod Jr. suffered from Fragile-X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes intellectual and behavioral disabilities, according to the National Fragile X Foundation. McCormack said during a preliminary interview a few weeks earlier, she was more worried about an iPad than her children. “I failed to act,” she told the court before she was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison. “I will carry that guilt with me until the end of times. Kimberly Tutko portrayed herself as a battered wife who wished only that her son could come back to life so that she could apologize for not being a better mother.

Cherry also told Kimberly Tutko that having 10 children, then losing rights to nine and one to death, is “unforgiven.” She had four children from a previous relationship. “To give birth to 10 children, to have 10 of those children taken away from you – nine of them by the state and one of them through death – it’s incredible,” he said. “I can never conceive of that happening.” McCormack said the Tutko’s five surviving children are in a much better place. He said when she was removed from the home, she was in a vegetative state and so covered in filth that hospital staff had to bathe her six times before they could stand the smell.

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