Sunday, 9 September 2012

FILICIDE: Brittany Lee

Witness To Girl's Fatal Malnutrition Pleads Guilty

Lauren McConniel, 5, Died In March 2010

POSTED: 10:46 am EDT September 5, 2012
UPDATED: 11:03 am EDT September 5, 2012
The sister of the woman who starved her 5-year-old stepdaughter to death has pleaded guilty to ignoring the ongoing abuse.
Lauren McConniel was hospitalized in March 2010 with lethal salt levels and died a short time later, weighing only 28 pounds.
McConniel's stepmother, Brittany Lee, 26, was sentenced to 50 years in prison in August 2011.Her sister, Samra Lee, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding, inducing or causing neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony, the Star Press reported.
Samra Lee admitted she did nothing to help the 5-year-old as she became noticeably emaciated.
Police said the girl was neglected and physically abused during the final seven months of her life when she lived in a home with her father, stepmother and three adult members of her stepmother's family, including Lee.
McConniel's father, Ryan Neal McConniel, 35, pleaded guilty to a neglect charge and is awaiting sentencing.
Robert E. Lee, 45, the father of Samra Lee and stepfather of Brittany Lee, pleaded guilty to aiding, inducing or causing neglect and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. His wife, Angela L. Lee, 46, is expected to go to trial in December.
As part of Samra Lee's plea agreement, she would be sentenced to two years in prison. Her sentencing is set for Oct. 15.

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