Mom sentenced to 30 years for starvation death of son

Glazebrook kept 3-month-old son in drawer

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman accused of starving her baby to death was sentenced Friday afternoon to 30 years in prison.

Bambi Glazebrook, 31, was originally charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent in March.

The judge said after 20 years, he will consider another placement. She also must serve 10 years of probation and can have no unsupervised contact with children.

Phillip Robey, 3 months, did not have a crib -- he was kept in a drawer of a home entertainment unit. He died in November of 2012.  Glazebrook told the court that she knows her mind isn’t right and she is not able to take care of children.

"Parenting is so much more about the emotional capacity to care more about your child than it is about yourself. So when you see someone who is worried much more about the next high, the next cigarette than they are about their child starving to death in a drawer, that’s troubling for us," deputy prosecutor Melissa Arvin said.

Phillip was found malnourished inside Glazebrook’s home. At the time of his death, he weighed five pounds.

The Riley Hospital for Children physician who examined the child said it was the worst case of starvation she had ever seen.

"At some point, Phillip couldn’t even respond, he probably couldn’t even cry to express his poor health because he didn’t have the energy to do that, so it is very sad," another prosecutor said.

Glazebrook has four children. Three have already been adopted and the fourth child is in foster care. Glazebrook's sister said she hopes to adopt that child.

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