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Homeless mom gets 9-18 years in twins' starvation

Friday, June 28, 2013

A homeless woman whose infant died of starvation in a Philadelphia shelter has been sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison.

A jury had convicted 34-year-old Tanya Williams of involuntary manslaughter in 2-month-old Quasir Alexander's death, which occurred just before Christmas 2010. Quasir's twin nearly died. Williams was also convicted of aggravated assault of the surviving twin.

In court Friday, she expressed remorse for Quasir's death and says she hopes to be reunited someday with her five surviving children.

Defense lawyer Gregory Pagano says there's blame to go around, given that a caseworker saw Quasir 36 hours before he died.

Williams was the only person charged, although two Lutheran Children and Family Service workers lost their jobs.

Prosecutors did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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