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Dellia Castile neglect appeal denied, 50-year term upheld

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the 50-year sentence for a northern Indiana woman on three counts of neglect for ignoring the abuse of 3 grandchildren, including one who died.

The appeals panel Tuesday rejected the appeal of 53-year-old Dellia Castile of South Bend.

A jury convicted Castile last October in connection with November 2011 death of 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis and the abuse of his two brothers.

Their father, Terry Sturgis, is serving 140 years in prison on his convictions for murder and other charges.

The unanimous opinion written by Judge John Baker noted that Castile "continually placed the boys in a position to be abused by Sturgis despite her knowledge of his brutal conduct" and she thwarted efforts by authorities to determine whether the children were being abused.

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