Sept. 14, 2006 02:18 PM
GRAFTON, W.Va. - A woman who forced her two stepchildren to gorge themselves on food and drink, then wallow in and eat their own vomit was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years in prison.
Venus Critchfield, 35, also was accused of beating the children's feet with boards, and using ropes and hooks to force them to stand for long periods, said Taylor County Prosecutor John Bord. The abuse involved her two stepchildren and four natural children, but only some were willing to testify.
Critchfield pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child neglect with injury. The charges stemmed from abuse that occurred between January 2001 and February 2002, but prosecutors said she began abusing the children in 1997.
The children's father, Jennings Brian Critchfield, is serving a three- to 15-year prison sentence for abuse.