SUMTER — A South Carolina mother has been sentenced to 29 years in prison and a father ordered to spend 25 years behind bars after admitting their 16-month-old son starved to death.
Multiple media outlets report 26-year-old Kevin Isaac and 24-year-old Marketta McCray pleaded guilty on Monday to homicide by child abuse in Sumter County.
Authorities say one of the couple's sons weighed just under 9 pounds when he died last March — less than half the average body weight for a 16-month-old child.
Prosecutors say the victim's twin brother also was severely malnourished, while three of the couple's other children were healthy.
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Lawyers for the couple told the judge they don't know why their two youngest children were starved.