March 5, 2013

2 sentenced in malnutrition death of Ind. girl, 5

Associated Press

MUNCIE — A central Indiana judge has sentenced a man and his former mother-in-law to prison for neglect and abuse in the malnutrition death of the man's daughter.

The Star Press reports 36-year-old Ryan McConniel was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for the death of his 5-year-old daughter, Lauren.

Delaware County prosecutors say the girl was starved and abused in 2010, mostly by McConniel's then-wife and her relatives. McConniel pleaded guilty to a neglect charge and gave authorities statements needed to convict his ex-wife and some of her relatives.

McConniel's former mother-in-law from his second marriage, Angela Lee, was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison.

The girl's mother lost custody of Lauren to McConniel in 2009 following a court hearing for which she didn't have a lawyer.