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Pa. mother sentenced in twins’ starvation

PHILADELPHIA — A mother of six whose infant son starved to death at a homeless shelter was sentenced Friday to 9-18 years in prison after a jury convicted her of involuntary manslaughter in 2-month-old Quasir Alexander’s death, which occurred just before Christmas 2010.

Tanya Williams, 34, was also convicted of aggravated assault in the near death of Quasir’s twin.

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Defense lawyer Gregory Pagano said a caseworker saw Quasir 36 hours before he died. Williams, whom Pagano argued at trial has an IQ of 65, was the only person charged in the case, although two Lutheran Children and Family Service workers lost their jobs.

Common Pleas judge M. Teresa Sarmina handed down consecutive sentences related to the twins, Pagano said.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told jurors that Williams failed to take advantage of help offered by caseworkers, a shelter worker, and the visiting nurse.

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