TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma parents will spend the rest of their lives in prison after being convicted of child neglect for allowing their four children to live in filthy conditions that one investigator called “shocking and heinous.”
Aislyn Miller, 24, and Kevin Fowler, 25, were sentenced Monday to consecutive terms amounting to 130 years in prison, the Tulsa World reported.
The couple’s residence was found with cat feces smeared across walls and maggots in their daughters’ playpen, according to Kristi Simpson, an investigator for the Department of Human Services. Investigators also noted that 9-month-old twin girls were found each weighing only about 8 pounds.
An Owasso police sergeant wrote in a report that the situation was the “worst case of child abuse” he and medical workers had ever seen. Simpson, when describing the condition of the home and children during a preliminary hearing, said: “It’s what we would term as shocking and heinous.”
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Miller and Fowler told authorities they felt overwhelmed taking care of the children with limited help while working long hours.
Judge William Musseman told the parents they violated the sacred trust of parenting. He accused them of putting their own interests before their children.
“It’s my estimation that your kids were on death’s door,” Musseman said.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com