DOVER, N.H. — Christina Thomas was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison for withholding food from a child under care over the course of several years.
Thomas, 34, of New Durham, was convicted on a first-degree assault charge in February, for failing to provide proper nutrition to a young boy, between 2006 and 2010, causing serious injury to the child.
During Monday’s sentencing hearing at Strafford County Superior Court, Judge John Lewis gave Thomas the maximum possible sentence for the charge — Thomas will be eligible for parole in 10 years, but it will be up to the Department of Corrections whether to release her from prison at that time, or to keep her in prison for up to three decades, said Deputy County Attorney Alysia Cassotis.
The young victim in the case was the son of Thomas’ former friend, who lived at Thomas’ Birch Hill Road home in New Durham for several years with the child. During a three-week trial in February, witnesses testified that Thomas appeared to be a primary caretaker for the boy, who was abused and deprived of food, even as he cried of hunger.
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