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Mother pleads guilty to tying up her 2 young sons so she could sleep better

October 8, 2010 |  5:08 pm

An Orange County mother pleaded guilty Friday to beating, starving and tying up her two young sons so  she could sleep better at night.

According to the Orange County district attorney's office, Cheryl Ann Stuart, 26, of Santa Ana and her boyfriend, Mario Alberto Colin, 31, pleaded to two felony counts of child abuse and one felony count of corporal injury on a child.

Police alleged that Stuart had tied her sons, ages 2 and 5, to their crib and bed with ace bandages and shoelaces so "she could sleep well" and not worry about them running around.

Prosecutors said that Stuart and Colin were sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years of formal probation for the June incident.

-- Shelby Grad