Mom of girl found living in filth gets prison term

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell-area woman whose autistic daughter was found living in filth and confined in a small cage-like room has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Charity Calvert was sentenced Monday in state District Court after pleading no contest to intentional abuse of a child and obstructing an investigation.

She and her husband were arrested last June after sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic disturbance report found the-5-year-old girl.

The girl was crying, covered in feces and trapped in a small room that had screwed-in and stacked baby gates blocking a doorway. A second door was nailed shut.

According to court documents, the temperature inside the residence was 105 degrees and the child's room had no ventilation.

The child remains in state care.

Her father, 63-year-old Edward Romero, awaits trial.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com

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