Sunday December 5th, 2021 7:03PM

Jury finds Lawrenceville mother guilty in abuse of autistic child

By Associated Press

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) A mother has been found guilty of child cruelty and false imprisonment for starving her then-15-year-old autistic daughter and locking her in a closet.

Jurors Thursday handed up the verdict against Jade Jacobs but found Jacobs' husband, William Anthony Brown, not guilty in the case.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( ) sentencing for Jacobs was deferred, but she was immediately taken into custody. She faces up to 50 years in prison. She was found guilty of two child cruelty charges, carrying sentences between five and 20 years; along with one false imprisonment charge, which carries punishment between one and 10 years.

The child, now 17, is in custody of a foster family. When initially brought to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in 2014, the girl weighed 66 pounds, the weight of a normal 9-year-old. 

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