An Indiana mom has been convicted of “extreme child neglect” in a Madison courtroom this week, and the case against her produced downright horrifying details. The Daily Mail reports that Kimberly Robinson, along with her former boyfriend, made their children live in deplorable conditions, which could have eventually killed them.
The details surrounding this case are heartbreaking, but fortunately none of the children died as a result of the extreme neglect they suffered at the hands of their parents. The Indianapolis Star reports that Kimberly Robinson entered a guilty plea, which ended her trial — much like her former boyfriend, who did the same thing back in November of 2015. This case stems from a 2015 incident that left a community, and law enforcement, shocked at the level of suffering that four children had to endure. Now, like her former lover, she will spend the next 20 years in prison.
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The horrifying 2015 incident drew attention to the level of neglect that four children experienced in the home of Kimberly Robinson and Stephen Auker. When CPS workers seized the children last year, they discovered that they were being confined in a tiny room, which was devoid of a bed, toys, or any other things necessary for children. The length of time the children had been kept in the four-by-four-foot room hasn’t been specified in media reports, but they were malnourished and so neglected that they were mentally and physically stunted.
The four children taken from the Indiana mom were reportedly the ages of 5- and 6-years-old. The other two children in her custody were two, 2-year-old twin siblings. All four of the children were kept in the tiny room without any food or drink, which led to them slowly starve — nearly to the point of death.
Authorities say that the four children were in critical condition when CPS seized them from the custody of the Indiana couple. They were also immediately arrested when an investigation found that the children were also being kept in squalid conditions. Police reports outlined that the home was full of feces, and was kept in a dangerously filthy state.
Unfortunately, cases like these aren’t entirely far from the norm. News headlines are dominated every week with disturbing stories of child abuse and child neglect — most of which involve accusations against the parents or guardians of the young victims. Earlier this year, a Montana woman named Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin was arrested and jailed after she had been convicted — for the 12th time — of child abuse and neglect of her seven children. A couple of years ago, another Indiana mom was imprisoned for child neglect and feticide after she reportedly induced an abortion at home. She ultimately gave birth to the infant, but allowed it to die. This particular case has attracted a lot of attention from people who want her released from prison. However, a judge has recently upheld the woman’s conviction, keeping her behind bars.
Do you think 20 years of imprisonment is enough for this Indiana mom and her former boyfriend? So far, no media reports have shared exactly why the Indiana couple kept their four children in such horrifying conditions. Were drugs to blame, or some other circumstances? The father of the children, who entered a guilty plea in November, 2015, claimed at the time that he was suffering from mental issues. Whatever the reasons were for letting those four children suffer, the fortunate outcome is that they are alive. However, no news updates have shared whether or not they have recovered or if they’re thriving out of the care of their parents.
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