The parents of two young girls found malnourished in a filthy Philadelphia-area home last fall have been sentenced to two to four years in state prison.
The Delaware County Daily Times reports that 48-year-old Vincent McDonald and 46-year-old Carole McDonald of Upper Chichester Township apologized in Delaware County Court last week.
Both pleaded guilty in February to child endangerment and conspiracy after the 5- and 7-year-old girls were removed in October from a home that authorities called unfit for human habitation.
Defense attorneys sought leniency, saying both parents had agreed to terminate their parental rights and were unlikely to reoffend, given the circumstances.
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Vincent McDonald said he was ashamed of having been what he called "a horrible parent." Carole McDonald said her time in jail had changed her.