YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown mother was sentenced to six years in jail for abusing her 8 and 9-year-old children.
A jury found Tamara Julious guilty of child endangering for forcing her children to stay in a room for long periods of time. Prosecutors said Julious and co-defendant Albert Barnette hit the children and locked them in the room without food, water or a bathroom.
Julious claimed she was simply disciplining the boy and girl, and the defense argued that the children suffered no physical harm and showed no signs of mental illness.
Prosecutors said the punishments were “excessive,” however. The children were put into foster care after Julious’ arrest in March.
She faced a maximum of 12 years in prison.
Barnette pleaded guilty to amended charges, and he was ordered to serve two years of reporting probation. He also has to take a parenting class as part of his sentence.