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Girl’s mother gets 10 years in St. Maries abuse case

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Christina Haynes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison Christina Haynes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
Charles Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March Charles Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March

ST. MARIES, Idaho. - Testimony about Christina Haynes' mental state didn't sway a judge today from imposing a 10-year prison sentence on the St. Maries woman, whose child, Kyra Wine, almost died in one of the worst neglect cases in Benewah County.

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Haynes' mental-health issues didn't excuse her from seeking medical help for her 3-year-old daughter, who was discovered by police at Haynes' home last summer covered in scabs and feces, First District Judge Fred Gibler said.

The girl almost died as a result of injuries suffered at the hands of Haynes and her boyfriend Charles W. Smith, who Haynes met online and invited to live with her and her children at a farm north of St. Maries. Kyra's feet were amputated and she lost a kidney, part of a finger and has patches on her head where hair won't grow back. Judge Gibler said the 27-year-old Haynes probably wasn't as culpable as Smith, who was sentenced earlier this spring to a maximum 10 years for child abuse.

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The man convicted in the abuse of 3-year-old Kyra Wine has been sentenced to 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Charles Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of Felony Injury to Child on January 23 of this year.

Also charged in this case is Kyra's mother, 26-year-old Christina Haynes. She pleaded guilty under a plea deal.

Wine was taken to the hospital in June 2008, with what doctors described as injuries similar to severe frostbite.  She spent several weeks at Sacred Heart Medical Center recovering from the injuries that North Idaho investigators said were the worst they had seen in recent years.

Information released from a search warrant revealed graphic information about the shocking cause of apparent abuse. 

During court testimony, a deputy who drove the girl to the hospital with her parents recalled she had serious scarring on her bottom, her scalp was pulled up and her hair was almost completely gone. He said she had dead tissue all over her extremities and her feet were so bruised it looked like she was wearing black socks. >>More

 

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