Friday, February 4, 2011

Oklahoma stepmother who abused 12-year-old daughter with spina bifida given life in prison

From UPI:

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma stepmother of a child whose remains were packed in plastic tubs and carried across the United States has been sentenced to life in prison.

Denise Wolf, 42, of Bokchito was convicted Feb. 2 and given a life sentence on four counts of child abuse, one count of child abuse by neglect and one count of unlawful removal of a dead body, The Oklahoman reported.

Trial testimony showed Cheyenne Wolf, 12, who had spina bifida, wore leg braces and was incontinent, was routinely beaten and tied to a chair and a bed by Denise Wolf, the newspaper reported.

Investigators say they think Cheyenne died in April 2008.

Her remains were found in 2009 in a storage facility in Oregon, so badly decomposed a medical examiner could not determine the cause of death.

Cheyenne's father Able Wolf is facing the same charges as his wife and is scheduled to enter a plea later this month. He remains in jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail.

Bryan County Assistant District Attorney Emily Redman said Cheyenne's two sisters are in the custody of the state Department of Human Services.