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Indiana woman pleads guilty in daughter's starvation

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 7:57 am

BLOOMINGTON — A southern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglect charges in the starvation death of her 25-year-old disabled daughter six years ago.

Fifty-four-year-old Dorothy Axsom of Bloomington was first charged with murder when she was arrested last year, but prosecutors dropped that charge in court Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.

Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller tells The Herald-Times that the initial belief of investigators that Axsom intentionally starved her daughter couldn't be proved.

Miller says Casey Axsom was taking a prescription drug for her epilepsy that can result in rapid weight loss.

Authorities say Casey Axsom was bedridden and weighed just 50 pounds when she died in 2006.

A judge sentenced Dorothy Axsom to six years in prison on the felony neglect charge.