Abilene Man Takes Plea Deal in Starving Child CasePress Release
SAN ANGELO, TX--The husband of an Abilene woman convicted of severely starving her child pleaded guilty Wednesday. This was part of a deal trial by jury for a first-degree felony.
“James Mayhall, 51, entered in an open plea for an injury to a child charge stemming from an investigation in early 2016 that found his daughter severely malnourished to the point of being near death,” stated KTXS in Abilene.
Mayhall's daughter was rushed to the hospital on Jan. 4, 2016 because she stopped breathing. Doctors alerted authorities when they noticed the baby was very underweight. Mayhall, his wife, and two other people who resided in their house were arrested a month later.
Evangelia Mayhall, James’ wife, was found guilty of first-degree felony injury to a child in March and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
KTXS reported that during her trial, a doctor testified that Mayhall’s daughter was the most malnourished she had ever seen.