Mother convicted of starving and abusing adopted daughters learns her fate

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A woman accused of starving and abusing her three adopted daughters has learned her fate.

Echo Terry, 31, was convicted on 15 different charges in August of 2018, including counts of second-degree assault. The now-adoptive father of the three girls, along with the state prosecution, advocated for the maximum sentence of 27 years in prison.

Thursday, Judge Michael Wolverton acknowledged the serious nature of the crimes, but said the blame also lies with others who didn’t report this abuse earlier.

“Somewhere along the way the state's lack of supervision and responsibility demonstrates serious negligence,” Wolverton said.

Terry was sentenced to 17 months, with 24 years suspended. Wolverton said Terry's failure to comply with conditions of her probation and continued therapy could mean a very long prison sentence.

“These children were seen by many people along the way, and no one reported it. They were seen by family members here, and outside. They were occasionally seen by professionals. They were seen very little by people from the state, very little. But no one reported it,” said Wolverton. “Pointing at Echo Terry and calling her as many as nine times a monster, does not establish a narrative or change the evidentiary record in this case. Echo Terry is not a monster, she's committed serious crimes, and she’s convicted of serious crimes.”

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