Couple Gets Decades in Prison for Starving Disabled Son

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Couple Sentenced for Starving Son to Death.

The parents who starved to death their nine-year-old disabled son and nearly did the same to a disabled daughter face decades in a Pennsylvania prison at their sentencing on Wednesday for murder. Jarrod Tutko Sr., 39, and his wife, Kimberly Tutko, 40, both of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty in October to third-degree murder and related offenses in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr., and the near-death of his sister Arianna. After they pleaded guilty, prosecutor Sean McCormack said he would seek consecutive sentences amounting to 26 to 52 years for the father, and 23-1/2 to 47 years for the mother because of the gravity of their crimes. “We anticipate and hope that the sentences will be tantamount to life in prison,” McCormack said in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in Harrisburg. He suffered from Fragile-X Syndrome, a genetic disorder, and was 3-1/2 feet tall and weighed less than 17 pounds because of starvation, an autopsy found.

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