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Samantha Foster — charged with three counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury — was sentenced Feb. 18 to 25 years in prison.
A Wilson County jury determined Foster’s punishment after hearing two full days of trial testimony; Foster changed her initial plea of not guilty to guilty after the initial testimony.
Foster was arrested in May 2020 and charged with three first-degree felonies after her three grandchildren, all under the age of 15, were allegedly found at her Stockdale home in filthy living conditions and severely malnourished.
“Testimony described the starvation as so severe that two of the three children were likely within days of death,” District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District said after the trial. “Foster was turned in by her 11-year-old daughter, who texted
911 for help.”
After hearing pleas for mercy from Foster’s family, the jury sentenced the 43-year-old to 25 years in prison on each of two counts of the first-degree felony and 10 years on probation on a third count. The prison terms will be concurrent, rather than consecutive.
“Our office asked the judge to stack those sentences, but the court declined and only stacked the probation sentence,” Louis explained. “Her probation sentence will begin after she completes her prison time.”
Foster will be eligible for parole after serving 12 and a half years in prison.
The children have been placed with foster parents.