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Grandmother Sentenced to Prison for Starving Baby Grandson

October 2, 1993

CAMBRIDGE, Ill. (AP) _ A woman described in court as an intelligent, church-going hospital volunteer was sentenced to four years in prison for starving her 1-year-old grandson to death.

Linda Goodwin, 46, of Geneseo pleaded guilty in Henry County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter, a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. She was sentenced Friday.

″A lot of times you have a motive. In this case I don’t know what the motive was,″ Henry County State’s Attorney Larry Vandersnick said. ″What rationale was there for starving your baby grandson to death?″

Matthew Goodwin was born healthy on April 23, 1991, to Connie Goodwin, 16, and James Walker, both of Geneseo.

Connie was an unwed high school student, and Linda Goodwin became Matthew’s primary caretaker, testimony showed.

He was hospitalized after reports of abuse and died April 30, 1992. He weighed only four pounds more than when he was born.

Connie Goodwin pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was placed under court supervision. Her record could be erased if she avoids further trouble.

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