- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - A woman was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison in the 2014 death of her 2-year-old daughter, saying she failed to protect the girl and her siblings from extensive abuse by a former boyfriend.

Dorothy Wing, who was initially charged with murder by abuse in Evangelina Wing’s death, had pleaded guilty in January to manslaughter and agreed to testify against ex-boyfriend Randy Lee Roden.

She was sentenced Tuesday, a day after Roden was convicted of murder and other charges. He faces up to 35 years in prison when he’s sentenced later this month.

Evangelina Wing died of blunt-force trauma shortly before Christmas 2014, and Wing’s two sons were found badly injured. Prosecutors believe all three children were tortured, burned, bitten and caged in the months before the girl’s death.

The boys were taken into protective custody and now live in California.

Wing told the court at her sentencing that she knows she messed up and didn’t protect her children, The Daily Astorian reported (https://bit.ly/2fv5Avi ).

“That’s all I care about, is that they’re safe now,” she said.

Wing also pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment, for a sentence totaling 15 years and 10 months.

“You saw all of it, and you just turned your head?” Clatsop County Judge Paula Brownhill asked Wing.

“I thought it would get better, but it never did,” Wing replied.

Roden was previously arrested in a domestic violence case involving a different woman. He was charged with crimes such as sexual abuse, strangulation, kidnapping and unlawful sexual penetration before pleading no contest to coercion, court records show. He was in prison from March 2013 to January 2014.

Prosecutor Dawn Buzzard and Wing’s attorney, John Gutbezahl, said Wing’s case shows that parents need to be careful who they bring around their children.


Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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