Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A judge says that while a Mount Pleasant couple didn't mean to harm their 9-month old son who starved to death, they should have taken him to a doctor when he was losing weight.
Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson on Thursday sentenced the child's mother, 28-year-old Ashley Gordon, to nine years in prison and her husband, 30-year-old Charles Lewis Gordon IV, to seven years.
The couple pleaded guilty earlier this week to homicide by child neglect. They could have been sentenced to life in prison.
Authorities say the couple's son, Andrew, was found starved to death in their home two years ago. The child was unresponsive and weighed just 6 pounds, 9 ounces, or almost 2 pounds less than when he was born.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)