FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman accused of abusing 11 disabled children she adopted - while pocketing more than $1 million in subsidies - has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Judith Leekin pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges of aggravated child abuse. The prison sentence was the maximum term called for in her plea agreement.
The children were adopted in New York City before Leekin moved to Port St. Lucie in 1998. The 63-year-old woman is accused of beating and handcuffing the children while they were in a locked room without food in her Florida home. Authorities say she also deprived them of medical care and school.
Leekin was sentenced in July in New York federal court to nearly 11 years in prison for fraud. That sentence will run concurrently with the Florida prison term.