Anchorage Mother Indicted for Abuse and Starvation of Children
April 12, 2016
On April 8, 2016, 28 year old Echo Terry was indicted for alleged starvation and abuse of three adopted children in her Anchorage home. The charges allege that Terry abused the children between August 2013 and September 2014. The grand jury indicted Terry on a total of 15 charges including assault in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.
The children—three biological sisters--were placed in Terry’s foster care back in 2011. In 2013, Terry formally adopted the children. According to the charges, over the course of Terry’s legal guardianship, the health of all three children significantly deteriorated. When the abuse was reported to authorities in September 2014, Terry’s adopted children were immediately removed from the home and hospitalized for malnutrition, dehydration, neglect, and risk of refeeding syndrome.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Terry faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison for assault in the first degree and a fine of up $250,000. Sentencing is determined by the court’s evaluation of the circumstances of the offense and the defendant.
Terry was arrested on Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016. Her bail was set by an Anchorage Superior Court Judge at $100,000 plus a court approved third party custodian. Terry is expected to be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on April 12, 2016.
If you have concerns that a child may have been physically, contact 911 in an emergency or contact Alaska CARES at (907) 561-8301. For more information about Alaska CARES, go to http://alaska.providence.org/locations/c/cares.
Contact: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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