Va. Woman Sentenced to 17 Years for Starving Babies

April 26, 2010

A Norfolk woman will spend 17 years in prison for starving her 10-month-old twin daughters, resulting in the death of one of them.

Heaven Smith was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in March to charges of murder and child neglect. Smith's husband, Corey Bryant, already was sentenced to 15 years.

Ten-month-old Miracle Grace died of starvation in April 2008. Heaven LeeAnna survived after being hospitalized for months with malnutrition and dehydration.

Smith testified that she and her husband strapped the girls into infant seats alone when they went to work instead of getting a baby sitter. By the time the parents called medics, the girls were covered in bloody rashes and struggling for breath.

Doctors testified the babies had been starved for months.

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