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Parents who starved 2-year-old to death get prison

February 19, 2010 |  4:06 pm

The parents of a 2-year-old girl who starved to death in 2008 were convicted this week of child abuse and sentenced to prison.

Isabel Garcia died two months after Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services officials deemed that she, her five siblings and their parents, Gabriel Garcia and Lupe Lopez, were all doing well during a visit to their Pomona home.

For two years, the family had been supervised by the department’s social workers, who investigated at least 12 allegations of abuse and neglect from 2004 to March 2008, according to files obtained by The Times through public records requests and a court order.

Only one allegation was substantiated. Lopez was initially charged with murder, but in a plea deal she pleaded no contest to three counts of child abuse, including one count alleging that the abuse caused her daughter’s death on May 19, 2008. She was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison.

Garcia, who was imprisoned in the weeks before his daughter’s death, pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

--Garrett Therolf 

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