Woman sentenced to 10 to 20 years in death of son with Down syndrome who weighed 69 pounds

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SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — A northeastern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison in the death of her 32-year-old son, who authorities said had Down syndrome and was severely neglected.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1wcxFH4 ) reports that 60-year-old Susan Gensiak of Taylor was sentenced Thursday in Lackawanna County Court.

She pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the March 2013 death of 32-year-old Robert Gensiak, who authorities said weighed just 69 pounds and was covered in scabies, a skin infection caused by mites.

Thirty-six-year-old Joan Geniak, the victim's sister, was sentenced to five to 10 years on a neglect charge and a consecutive 1 to 5 years for endangering the welfare of a child.

A second daughter, 25-year-old Rebekah Gensiak, testified against both and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor negligence.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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