A Michigan mother has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges following accusations that she and her then-husband kept their children locked in a room a police officer described as a “dungeon.”
The Lansing State Journal reports that Sarah Conde, 29, entered into a plea deal on Tuesday, admitting to having refused dental care for her five children. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped 12 additional counts of child abuse, including assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful imprisonment.
A 2017 investigation found Conde and her then-husband’s Yenier Conde five children locked inside a bedroom a police officer described as a “dungeon,” with no access to food, water, or a toilet; and that the children had allegedly been abused since 2011.
The children, who were 6 to 11 years old in 2017, reportedly told Child Protective Services that their parents regularly threatened them with guns and beat them. A medical examination found that the children suffered from mood disorders, likely a result of psychological abuse, and that all had some type of dental disease. Sarah and Yenier Conde have both had their parental rights revoked.
Following her guilty plea to one count of second-degree child abuse, the judge reportedly agreed that Sarah Conde would spend no more than 43 months in prison, though the maximum penalty for second-degree child abuse is 10 years.
According to the Lansing State Journal, Yenier Conde is still awaiting his July 11 trial date and faces 15 counts, including first-degree child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.