Thursday, January 15, 2009

Up to 20 years in prison for Eagle Mtn woman

"An Eagle Mountain woman was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for starving and physically abusing a young niece and nephew as a form of discipline.

Mary Matilda Heath, 33, pleaded guilty in 4th District Court to two second-degree felony and two third-degree felony counts of child abuse/neglect.

Heath's live-in boyfriend, Sekoa Aiono, 37, is scheduled for sentencing next month on identical charges.

Aiono told police the couple let the children go hungry, beat them with a leather belt and locked them in the bathrooms for long periods, according to arrest documents.

On Thursday, Heath tearfully expressed remorse and sorrow, saying there was "no possibly way" she could justify the abuse." -SLTrib

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