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Mother sentenced in near starvation case

 The mother and grandparents of a malnourished 7-year-old Greenville boy are sentenced to prison.
One doctor said the boy looked like a holocaust survivor.
Authorities said he had been starved and beaten by his mother for a year.  He was removed from his North Second Street home last June.
The mother, Mary Rader was sentenced to 5 and half to15 years in prison. She'll be eligible for parole after the 5 and a half.
Former prosecutor Matt Mangino says the sentence was on the higher end of the guidelines because of the egregious nature of the case.
"It started as an attempted murder and was resolved as an aggravated assault. The starvation of a 7-year-old and the manner it was conducted by the mother and grandparents was particularly outrageous," says Mangino.
Maternal grandmother, Deana Beighley, received five to ten years after pleading guilty to aggravated assault while grandfather Dennis Beighley received 22 months to five years. He pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

People who live in the Greenville neighborhood where the tragedy happened were clearly effected by it. They put up signs in their yards that read "Stop Child Abuse!" Some told 21 News the people involved deserved the highest sentence they could possibly get.  Angie Peterson, of Greenville, says "I'm actually surprised that's the maximum sentence. I have three kids myself and I could never starve my kids. They'd eat before I did. I think they deserve exactly what that kid got."  Mangino says the boy, now 8, is doing well with a foster family. "He is gaining weight and is becoming more healthy."


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