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Adopted children of Kalispel woman testify about abuse

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Amy Newman (left) and Crystal Mears (right) Amy Newman (left) and Crystal Mears (right)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The adopted children of a Kalispell woman testified about the abuse they suffered, including being beaten, denied food and being locked in the basement.
    
District Judge Robert Allison said the testimony he heard Thursday from the children, ranging in age from 10 to 16, sounded like torture. He delayed sentencing 46-year-old Amy Newman and 37-year-old Crystal Mears on felony criminal endangerment charges, saying he wanted to look at the results of a family neglect investigation that resulted in Newman losing custody of her children.
    
Allison scheduled the sentencing for Nov. 18.
    
Newman's 16-year-old daughter testified that her home life was so bad that she tried to kill herself. She said she taught her younger siblings to pick locks on cupboards so they could get food. She said the women should be sentenced to prison.
    
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