The mother of an emaciated 13-year-old girl who died while in her mother’s care at a cabin in Valdres was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison. The judge in the case declared that the young teenager would be alive today if she had received needed health care.
Aasmund Olav Sandland, defense attorney for the mother, said the verdict would be appealed. It came after a lengthy and difficult trial that often was interrupted by the mother’s own frequent emotional breakdowns and hospitalizations.
She has claimed she did everything she could to help her daughter and get her to eat, but was let down by health officials. She also claimed her daughter had been bullied, to the protests of former neighbours and her late daughter’s classmates in Lommedalen, a suburb of Oslo.
The judget was not convinced, finding that the mother acted in a manner that involved “serious and repeated abuse” of her daughter. Prosecutors were satisfied that the court mostly upheld their indictment of the mother, even though the sentence was a year shorter than requested. The woman was also ordered to pay NOK 125,000 in compensation to the girl’s father.