• Couple jailed 40 years for starving son

    Date: 2019.09.20 | Category: 韩国半永久纹眉 | Tags:

    A Pennsylvania man and his wife have each been sentenced to up to four decades in jail after pleading guilty to the murder of their nine-year-old son.


    The disabled boy was found starved to death in a dark, faeces-smeared room last year.

    Judge John Cherry said Jarrod Tutko Sr, 39, and Kimberly Tutko, 40, were equally culpable in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr and the near-death of his sister Arianna, now 12.

    He sentenced the father to 21 to 42 years in prison, and gave his wife a sentence of 20 to 40 years. Both had pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree murder and related offences.

    Cherry castigated both parents, who were sentenced separately, but he reserved particular scorn for Kimberly Tutko.

    “We don’t even keep animals like that,” he said. “It’s inconceivable that you allowed this to happen,” the judge said.

    Before his sentencing, Jarrod Tutko Sr pleaded for understanding, saying mental health problems drove him to confine his son in a filthy upstairs room in the family’s Harrisburg home.

    “Your honour, I am not a monster. I am not a dangerous individual,” he said, weeping through much of the hearing. “I loved my child. I tried my hardest.”

    But his lawyer, Bradley Winnick, conceded that the case represented “a catastrophic failure of parenting”.

    Prosecutor Sean McCormack had urged they receive the maximum possible sentence, but Cherry knocked off a few years as credit for their guilty pleas.

    The couple lived with their six children, all but one of whom was disabled, in a rented home less than three blocks from the Pennsylvania governor’s official residence. Jarrod Jr suffered from Fragile-X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes intellectual and behavioural disabilities, according to the National Fragile X Foundation.

    His parents kept the boy locked in a third-floor room with no bed or lights. A social worker, Carrie Shanahan, testified that the faeces had been smeared by little fingers.

    Police were summoned to the home on Aug. 1, 2014. They found Jarrod Tutko Jr., shrunken and dead, rolled in a blanket. His sister was clinging to life in her own bedroom but has since recovered, according to court testimony.

    Kimberly Tutko portrayed herself as a battered wife who wished only that her son could come back to life so that she could apologise for not being a better mother.