A couple from Muncie, Indiana is sentenced to seven years in prison for starving their children last year while they lived in Branson.
A Delaware County, Indiana judge sentenced 41 year old Jason and 35 year old Amy Doty Wednesday. They had each pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent.
The Doty’s reportedly moved from Indiana to Branson in March of 2012 to follow a church ministry. During their time here, their savings ran out, and they allegedly went up to four days at a time without feeding their children, two girls ages four and nineteen months.
The couple moved back to Indiana in June, and only then sought medical attention for the girls. They were arrested shortly thereafter.
Because of the severe malnourishment, the younger girl suffered irreversible brain damage, and both girls have a number of health issues. The two are being raised by an aunt, who intends to adopt the girls.
And, because the child neglect happened in Branson, the Doty’s still face charges of endangering the welfare of a child in Taney County. Officials with Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell’s office report there are active local warrants for the two. They say the Taney County charges have been on hold pending the conclusion of the court proceedings in Indiana.