Idaho Couple Found Guilty of Starving 7-Year-Old Girl Into Cardiac Arrest

A jury on Thursday convicted an Idaho couple charged with starving a 7-year-old girl into cardiac arrest.

Byron Buthman, 57, and Gwendalyn Buthman, 45, were found guilty of felony injury to a child, a felony enhancement for infliction of great bodily injury, and misdemeanor injury to a child, according to KTVB.

The Buthmans were arrested in March 2019. The indictment against them alleged that the girl was forced to sleep in a laundry room between ages 3 and 6 and was kept away from her siblings and given only vegetable protein to eat.

The girl was also forced as a punishment to stay outside in the cold with improper clothing and went into cardiac arrest. She survived.

The Buthmans were original set to go to trial in September 2019, but numerous delays pushed it to this month.

They are scheduled to be sentenced on September 19. They face up to 30 years in prison.

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[Featured image: Byron and Gwendalyn Buthman/Ada County Sheriff’s Office]