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A 1-Year-Old Girl in Texas Died Weighing Just 8 Pounds. Now, Her Parents Are Each Serving Life in Prison.

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Source: WICHITA COUNTY JAIL

Dec. 13 2023, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A Texas couple whose 1-year-old daughter weighed was severely underweight when she died were each recently sentenced to life behind bars, officials said.

Christian Miguel Bishop-Torrence, 26, and 24-year-old Sage Angel Rose Wright of Wichita Falls were initially indicted in 2021 on three counts of child neglect and endangerment.

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As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, on June 11, the baby was struggling to breathe and Bishop-Torrence rushed her to the hospital, where she passed away.

According to authorities, the little girl was covered in dirt, had blisters on her back and bottom, and weighed just eight pounds — or about a third of the normal weight for her age, which is 22 to 24 pounds.

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An autopsy showed the issues leading to the child’s death were consistent with neglect, and Bishop-Torrence and Wright were arrested on June 18, 2021.

Wright, who has two other children, claimed at the time she and her daughter had trouble bonding with each other. Both parents also allegedly said they noticed the baby had been losing weight for around five months before she died but never sought medical treatment, police said.

According to records, the baby was never brought to her 2-, 6-, 9- and 12-month well-child checks.

“Even though a small chance exists that a genetic or metabolic problem could cause weight loss, normal newborn screens and the lack of family history would make this highly unlikely,” Dr. Suzanne Dakil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, wrote in a report after she forensically assessed the case.

Bishop-Torrence recently pleaded guilty to one count of felony murder and two counts of endangering a child. He was sentenced to life in prison, KFDX reported.

According to the station, Wright also pleaded guilty to one count of felony murder and two counts of abandoning or endangering a child. She also received a sentence of life.

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