Grandmother locks girls in room with their severely malnourished sister as she died

An Iowa woman has been sentenced to spend 20 years behind bars after she was convicted of allowing her adopted granddaughter to starve to death nearly a year ago.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, five members of the family were initially charged in connection with the 16-year-old girl’s death, which authorities believe occurred between May 1 and May 12.

Sabrina Ray weighed just 56 pounds when her body was recovered.

Bousman was considered an accomplice to the crime and was charged with an array of criminal counts.

According to Fox News, the 63-year-old admitted that she did not attempt to find medical treatment for the victim as her health and weight declined.

In court testimony Friday, Bousman shared her account of the fateful day her granddaughter died, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

“She had woke up vomiting and had soiled herself and her clothes and I just thought that she wasn’t feeling well and I gave her a shower and cleaned her all up,” she said.

She further confessed to hiding evidence of the abuse as well as locking two of the victim’s sisters in a room with the critically malnourished and dying girl.

Bousman expressed remorse and regret in her statement addressing the court.

“I wish I could go back to that day and change everything and do what I know was the proper thing to do,” she said. “I can’t change what was done now, but I’m very sorry and miss all my grandchildren very much.”

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