A man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for starving three children locked in a Dallas hotel bathroom for up to nine months.
A Dallas County jury sentenced 38-year-old Alfred Santiago on Tuesday, hours after finding him guilty of injury to a child and continuous sexual abuse.
Santiago denies sexually assaulting the oldest child, who was 11 when she and her two half brothers were rescued in July 2009. He says he fed them daily but that they refused to eat.
Jurors reached their sentencing decision after hearing from the children’s therapist, who testified that the middle child is suicidal.
A doctor testified that one child suffered brain atrophy from starvation and preferred urinating in his hospital bed because he was scared of entering the bathroom.
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