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Associated Press, Published May 07 2010

Minn. woman pleads in daughter's starvation death

PINE CITY, Minn. — A 30-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in what prosecutors said was the starvation death of the woman's 10-year-old daughter.

Ludusky Sue Hotchkiss, of Sandstone, faces four years in prison in a plea deal entered Thursday in Pine County District Court, according to court records.

Her severely disabled daughter, Lakesha Victor, weighed just 31 pounds when she died in 2006 at the family's home in Hinckley. An autopsy found Lakesha died of malnutrition and dehydration.

A charge of second-degree homicide and two lesser charges were dismissed. Hotchkiss was to be sentenced June 25.

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