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TROY -- A longtime foster mother accused of severely abusing her11-year-old adoptive son turned down a plea deal Monday
No plea deal for accused mother
Attorney for woman charged with endangering adoptive son rejects offer,
By BOB GARDINIER, Staff writer
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First published: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
TROY -- A longtime foster mother accused of severely abusing her
11-year-old adoptive son turned down a plea deal Monday that would have
netted her a 60-day jail sentence.
Sharmon S. "Sherry" Evans, 57, appeared before Family Court Judge Linda
Griffin on Monday and was informed by prosecutors that she would also
face three years probation and have to surrender her parental rights to
the boy if she pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of
"We find the deal unacceptable at this time," Evans' attorney Joseph
Ahearn told the judge.
In turning down the deal, however, Ahearn asked for more time to
consider the plea and the matter was rescheduled for July 7.
The boy, whose name is being withheld by the Times Union, said in a
police deposition that he was forced to live in a prison-like bedroom
that was rigged with an alarm to let Evans know if he tried to leave.
He said he was neglected for as long as he could remember, was not
regularly fed and was not allowed to use the bathroom, causing him to
soil himself. He also alleged he was regularly punched and slapped, and
forced to wear a diaper and sleep on the floor with no blankets or pillow.
Evans, who ran a foster home for many years at 714 Fourth Ave., was
charged May 10 in City Court with a misdemeanor count of endangering the
welfare of a child. The boy was a foster child before being adopted by
Evans at about the age of 1.
According to a deposition taken from a 14-year-old friend, the boy stood
near the garbage cans in the cafeteria at the school he attended and
asked classmates for their leftovers. "He was asking the kids if he
could have their food, the stuff that wasn't bitten," said the older
boy, whose name also is being withheld.
The case came to light when Evans' son showed up at the friend's house
May 9 wanting to say goodbye because he was running away from home.
The friend's parents then took Evans' son to police headquarters.
Assistant District Attorney Laura Kruegler told the judge that the
office of District Attorney Richard McNally was offering the deal which
also would require that Evans submit to a mental health evaluation.
Also in court Monday regarding the case was Theresa Beaudoin of the
Rensselaer County Social Services Department and the boy's law guardian,
County officials have said the boy now lives with other foster care
providers and is doing better and gaining weight.
Bob Gardinier can be reached at 454-5696 or by e-mail at
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