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UPDATE: Castile guilty on all counts in neglect trial

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The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Dellia Castile.  Castile has been found guilty on all three counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

Dellia Castile is the mother of Terry Sturgis, who was convicted earlier this year of beating his 10-year-old son, Tramelle, to death.  Castile is accused of knowing her grandchildren were being abused and not doing enough to stop it.

The final day of trial Wednesday was nothing, but abnormal.

Dellia Castile was rushed to the hospital around nine, but by 5 she was found guilty. During morning instructions, Castile passed out in the courtroom. A court reporter said she was out cold for about 10 minutes before she was taken to the hospital.

By noon, she was back in the courtroom. And when asked if she would testify, she declined.

Both the prosecution and defense wrapped up and the jury began deliberations. Not even two hours later, a verdict. Castile was found guilty. After court, neither side wanted to talk on camera, but people in the neighborhood where Sturgis died, had plenty to say.

"I was just glad she was found guilty because I thought she was guilty. The house is a pretty large house, but it's not like she lived in another wing of the house," says neighbor Pam Bryant.

The defense tried to make that argument, that Castile and her son Terry Sturgis lived separate lives. Clearly, the jury felt Castile knew what was going on.

"I cared about the kids you know? It was a bad tragedy that happened. It should have been all over American, something like this happens. She was guilty," says neighbor, Sharon Vaughn.

"I'm just happy for the kids and that they are out of that situation," says Bryant.

It's not completely over yet. Sentencing for Castile is set for November 8.

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