ATHENS (March 27, 2014) The trial of Irma Espinoza, 52, of Athens, who was accused of trying to starve her disabled teenager daughter, was halted when Espinoza decided to change her plea to guilty.
Authorities say Espinoza attempted to starve the girl in order to get access to a $2.8 million trust fund.
She pleaded guilty to injury Wednesday to a disabled person.
She’ll be sentenced in May.
The girl, who has cerebral palsy and mental retardation, weighed only 29 pounds when authorities learned of her condition.
The girl was covered in bed sores so deep that her bones were infected and was also suffering from acute kidney failure.
Maj. Botie Hillhouse of the Henderson County sheriff's office said the house near Athens where the girl lived was full of cats, urine and fecal matter.
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