Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Neglecting Daughter

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Neglecting Daughter

Staff Report
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Texas (AP) - An East Texas woman who authorities say tried to starve her severely disabled 17-year-old daughter to death in order to get access to the girl's $2.8 million trust fund has pleaded guilty to neglect.

The trial for 52-year-old Irma Espinoza of Athens was halted after she pleaded guilty Wednesday to injury to a disabled person by omission. Sentencing is set for May.

The girl, who has cerebral palsy and mental disabilities, weighed only 29 pounds when authorities became aware of her condition. The girl was covered in bed sores so deep that her bones were infected. She also suffered from acute kidney failure.

Maj. Botie Hillhouse of the Henderson County sheriff's office told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the family home was full of cats, urine and fecal matter.