A Texas woman was sentenced to prison Friday after pleading guilty to keeping her seven adopted children locked in a bedroom and abusing them for more than a decade, causing them permanent physical and mental damage.
Paula Sinclair, 55, pleaded guilty to four first-degree felony charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office news release obtained by PEOPLE states.
She and her husband, Allen Richardson, 79, were arrested in November 2016, after investigators with the Texas Department of Family Services – Child Protection Services discovered seven children locked in an upstairs bedroom during a search of their Richmond home.
During their investigation, detectives with the Fort Bend Sheriff Office learned that the seven children, who were between 13 and 17 years old at the time, had been adopted by Sinclair and her first husband when they were all toddlers.
The children were adopted in 2003 and 2004, according to KHOU. Adopted along with them was an eighth child who died in 2011 while under Sinclair and Richardson’s care, according the news release.
Doctors determined the 7-year-old died from bronchitis, according to the Houston Chronicle. Because the child’s death was ruled to be from natural causes, …read more