Aug 27, 2015 9:17 AM
Peggy Starr found guilty in child starvation case
The Associated Press
DOVER — A Nottingham woman accused of starving a boy has been found guilty of second-degree assault.
Authorities accused 57-year-old Peggy Starr of depriving the boy of food when he lived in her daughter's New Durham home from 2008 to 2010. He was between the ages of 4 and 6 while under their care.
Foster's Daily Democrat reports Starr was found not guilty of first-degree assault. She is facing 3 ½ to seven years in prison.
"The state has not proved beyond a reasonably doubt that she knew of the causal connection between her failure to provide the proper nutrition and the serious bodily injury which resulted," Judge Steven Houran said.
Starr's daughter, Christina Thomas, was convicted of first-degree assault in February 2013 for failing to provide proper nutrition to the developmentally disabled boy.
Prosecutors said the boy weighed 23 pounds when the state intervened.
A sentencing hearing for Starr has been not scheduled.