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UPDATE: Jury 'hung' in Wilk neglect trial

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Jacqueline Wilk (Courtesy St. Joseph County Police) Jacqueline Wilk (Courtesy St. Joseph County Police)

Jacqueline Wilk's family thinks the jury got it right.

"Absolutely right," says her mother, Nancy Young.

Family members walked out of the court room Thursday holding hands, tears in their eyes.

"A lot of people have been very supportive of us and we're thankful for that, all our friends and family," says Young.

It was an emotional week for the family as they relived the days of June 2011, when Wilk's two boys were found dead in her trunk.

"The whole thing was a tragedy from beginning to end," says Brendan Lahey, defense attorney.

In the final day of the trial, Wilk took the stand. She cried as she described that summer day. She said "I tried to save them, but I couldn't." 

Her two and four year old sons died of hypothermia after being trapped in the trunk. She said, "They never played in the trunk."

But as the prosecution argued, they wouldn't have been in the trunk if the car was locked and if the children were supervised.

The defense argued that Wilk did not PLACE the kids in that trunk, she didn't need to watch them constantly and her doors were unlocked because she thought New Carlisle was a safe place.

In the end it was a case that even the jury was torn about.

"We're disappointed that we did not get a verdict however we wish to thank the jurors for their service. It's a very hard job and we're glad they were able to do it," says Lahey. 

The prosecution didn't wish to comment.

The mistrial hearing is scheduled for February 25 at 9 am.

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