by Cassy Fiano | December 17, 2015 9:13 am
What kind of monsters leave their own child to starve to death? It’s a slow, painful, horrific way to die, and now two parents who sentenced their own son to that horrible death have been sentenced to decades in prison.
A man and woman have been sentenced to decades in prison in the starvation death of their disabled 9-year-old son last year in Pennsylvania.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jarrod Tutko Sr. was sentenced Wednesday to 21 to 42 years in prison. His wife, 40-year-old Kimberly Tutko, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years.
Both pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr., whose decomposing body was found in August 2014 in the family’s Harrisburg home. The man also pleaded guilty to concealing the death.
Authorities said the boy, who had a genetic disorder with autism-like symptoms, weighed less than 17 pounds at the time of his death.
Jarrod Sr. shook with sobs as his sentencing was read, and reportedly yelled out, ‘I am not a monster. I am not a dangerous individual. I love my children. I tried my hardest … I lost control and couldn’t handle it,’ according to PennLive.
An autopsy concluded that he died of malnutrition and neglect. His bedroom where he was found was reportedly covered in feces and buzzing with flies.
The parents also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and child endangerment related to their 10-year-old disabled daughter, Arianna, who suffers from a brain injury. Police had discovered her dire condition while they were investigating the death of Jarrod.
At the time Arianna was found, she was reportedly extremely close to death.
A Penn State Hershey Medical Center pediatrician told a grand jury the little girl had wax from her ears on her face, her eyes were matted from secretions and dirt, and she had thick scales all over her skin, reported ABC27.
The case against the parents began unfolding August 1, 2014, when a police detective in Harrisburg responded to a 911 call from the Tutkos’ residence about an unresponsive child.
Detective Rodney Shoeman said he detected ‘a strong odor of decomposition’ when he got out of his car and approached the house where the Tutkos and their six children, ranging in age from 3 to 14, lived.
All except one of the children reportedly had severe disabilities.
Jarrod Jr. reportedly lived in a third-floor airless bedroom that was covered in feces and crawling with maggots and flies. It had a lock on the outside, and contained no lights.
Kimberly Tutko told the cop she tried to combat the stench with mothballs and bleach, thinking it came from dead mice, but it was futile.
… During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors told the court the Tutkos would have missed out on $710 in government assistance for the month of August had it become known that their son died before the first of the month.
What’s frustrating is that these parents weren’t given life in prison for murdering a child. It’s good to know that they’ve been found guilty, but it doesn’t seem that justice was truly served in this case.
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