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Woman Pleads Guilty in Starvation of Joplin Child

Posted: Dec 10, 2013 7:31 AM by The Associated Press

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JOPLIN (AP) - A Joplin woman has pleaded guilty for her role in the starvation of a girl who lived with them.

Twenty-eight-year-old Christina Haidle pleaded guilty Monday to felony child abuse in a plea deal that drops two other charges.

Haidle lived with the Beth Williams, the girl's mother. Williams pleaded guilty to the same charge in November.

Prosecutors say the 3-year-old girl weighed just 12 pounds when her mother took her to a Joplin hospital in July 2012. The girl was unconscious, with a blood sugar level of zero and a pulse so faint that hospital workers had to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The Joplin Globe reports Haidle will be sentenced Feb. 10. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18.

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