Judge sentences couple to 7 and 9 years in child starvation case
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Mount Pleasant couple faced a judge for sentencing in the starvation death of their nine-month-old son.Charles Lewis Gordon IV and his wife, Ashley, entered guilty pleas of homicide by child neglect in Charleston on Tuesday. The charge carries a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.Authorities say the couple's son, Andrew, was found starved to death in their home two years ago. The child was unresponsive and weighed just 6 pounds, 9 ounces, or almost 2 pounds less than when the child was born.The courtroom was quiet Thursday as Judge J.C. Nicholson began sentencing. Asst. Solicitor Debbie Herring-Lash was on the prosecution side and Public Defender Ashley Pennington was on defense. Coroner Rae Wooten was also in the courtroom.After the judge accepted the guilty pleas from the couple, the Ashley's defense attorney asked for sentencing guidelines under the manslaughter statute. Ashley Gordon then addressed the court, saying she knew things weren't right with Andrew but she truly believed it wasn't as serious as it was. She then asked the judge for mercy.
She said there wasn't a day she didn't wish she could go back and do this all over again.The judge responded, saying the real problem was the fact that the child wasn't progressing like he should and something should have been done.
In the end, Ashley Gordon was sentenced to nine years in prison for the neglect charge in their child's death. Her husband Charles Gordon IV was sentenced to seven years in prison.
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