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Aunt of malnourished teen sentenced to 12 years in prison

Posted: 4:21 PM, Mar 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-27 21:11:00Z

ANDERSON, Ind. – A woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday afternoon after her niece was found severely malnourished.

Crystal Sells was found guilty on six counts of neglect after her 15-year-old mentally disabled niece was discovered to be severely malnourished and weighing only 40 pounds when she was taken to the hospital on Dec. 1, 2014.

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Police said the teen’s bones were protruding from her body.

Investigators believe the 15-year-old may have been locked in her room for several years as she had not seen a doctor or attended school since 2012.

Sells is the third person sentenced in the case.

The teen’s grandparents, Steve and Joetta Sells, were both sentenced to 24 years in prison.

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