Danville woman gets diversion in child starvation

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:04 PM

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Danville woman has avoided jail time in what authorities said was the starvation of two of her three stepsons.

Virginia Holsinger pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of second-degree criminal abuse -- a lesser charge than she and her husband Charles Holsinger were indicted on.

She must meet terms of a diversion program that includes community service.

Police arrested the Holsingers in June after the 9- and 12-year-old biological sons of Charles Holsinger were found to be malnourished.

The Lexington Herald-Leader quoted a court document that said the children have recovered since being placed in foster care.

A similar plea bargain for Charles Holsinger was withheld after it was found he has a prior out-of-state felony conviction.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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