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Report: Mom Who Starved Kids Denied Appeal

Estelle Walker of Hopatcong was convicted of starving her four children and herself in 2006.

NJ.com reports the eight-year prison sentence for a former Hopatcong woman who was convicted of starving her four children and herself in 2006 was upheld by a three-judge appeals court in Newton Monday.

The court, however, granted Estelle Walker, 53, a new hearing for a judge to reassess her four-year parole-ineligibility period, which was in conjuction with her jail term.

In 2010, Walker was convicted of four counts of endangering the welfare of her children. Her attorney argued during the trial that she didn't give her children—then ages 8, 9, 11 and 13—food because she was praying for devine intervention, according to the NJ.com report.

Walker was arrested July 25, 2006, after she and her kids were found emaciated at the Lake Hopatcong cabin in which they'd been living, the report said.

Walker served two months of her jail sentence before being released on $200,000 bail pending appeal, and has been living with her mother in New York City since her release, the report said. Her children have been living with another family member, the report said.

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Bill May 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I have just completed foster/pre-adoptive training courses last this month so that I can become a single parent. In our class discussions and reading situations like this and others were talked about at length. The things children are subjected to are not often thought about. The best thing that happened here is this woman will get the obvious mental help she needs, her children are safe I pray and she will due penance by the grace of the law for what she nearly did, killing yourself is one thing, killing your innocent children with you is unforgiveable.

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