Woman sentenced in NJ child starvation case

(AP) - A New York woman accused of starving her four children and herself has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

A Sussex County jury found Estelle Walker guilty of child endangerment in January.

Walker had claimed she needed to escape an alcoholic husband, and she and her children were placed by a New York church in a cabin at Lake Hopatcong in 2005.

Church officials said they found the children - then ages 8, 9, 11 and 13 - badly malnourished in 2006. They have since recovered.

Walker's lawyer argued that she held delusional religious beliefs and was not responsible for her actions.

With time already served in jail, the 50-year-old Walker will be eligible for parole in about three years.

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