Couple gets 60 years for starving baby - KMSP-TV

Couple gets 60 years for starving baby

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HOOD COUNTY, Texas -

A young couple was sentenced to spend the next 60 years in prison for starving their baby boy nearly to death.

The evidence was overwhelming and it took the jury only 40 minutes to decide Justin and Brittany Alston were guilty.

Back in December of last year several teenagers attending a party at the Alstons' mobile home in rural Hood County overheard their 9-month-old son Riley crying.

The baby was emaciated and lying in urine, feces and vomit.

The teenagers called an adult who took the baby to the hospital. But the doctors who treated him weren't sure he'd survive.

Hood County District Attorney Robert Christian said Riley's parents may not have fed him for two months.

"Brittany told investigators when she was asked why she didn't feed this baby she said that she had other things to do, like getting the oil changed in the car," he said.

The 21-year-olds admitted to investigators they preferred drinking and smoking pot with their friends to taking care of the baby.

"These parents, I don't know if they wanted him to die but they were waiting for him to die and I believe if he had they'd have thrown him in the trash," Christian said.

Doctors had to feed Riley through an IV for some time because his little body wouldn't accept food.

He was ultimately placed in a foster home with his older sister and in just a few months he rebounded, fattening up the way a baby should.

"The foster mother is not a nurse. All she did was feed this baby," Christian said. "The only difference between the pictures is a few months and food."

 

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