Houston mom of baby starved to death freed

September 27, 2010 5:16:01 AM PDT
The mother of a Houston infant who starved to death in 2004 is free after serving seven months of her 20-year prison term. The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that Jolene Valencia was released in February due to good behavior and state parole guidelines.

Troy Fox with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles says Valencia had a limited criminal history and a "satisfactory institutional adjustment."

Law professor Marci Hamilton says releasing Valencia early is "just wrong."

Valencia was convicted of bodily injury to a child. Records show that Saul Castillo, who was 2 months old when he died, weighed less than his birth weight of nearly 6 pounds. Valencia could not immediately be reached for comment.

The father, who faces neglect charges, remains at large. The baby's siblings are in state custody.


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