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Year in prison for father of southern Utah boy abused, starved

Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 11, 2018

A 41-year-old southern Utah man has been sentenced to a year in jail on a child abuse charge stemming from the year-long captivity and starvation of his 12-year-old son in Toquerville near the Arizona line.

The St. George News reports Judge Eric Ludlow sentenced the man Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to felony child abuse causing injury through negligence and recklessness.

The boy's 36-year-old mother was sentenced last August to 45 years in prison after she was convicted of locking him in a filth-covered bathroom for more than a year.

The Associated Press isn't naming the parents to avoid identifying the juvenile victim.

Prosecutors say the boy was starved and lost the use of his legs while kept in the tight space.

Authorities say he's been recovering in state care since the mother's arrest in January 2017.