Sentencing hearing begins for Alberta mother who admitted to abusing twins

A social worker has told court that the neglect and abuse of two-year-old twins, one of whom died, is the worst her Edmonton office has ever seen.

EDMONTON — A social worker has told court that the neglect and abuse of two-year-old twins, one of whom died, is the worst her Edmonton office has ever seen.

Sheli Steil read a victim impact statement at the beginning of a week-long sentencing hearing for the girls’ mother.

The 37-year-old woman, who can’t be named, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.

She has admitted that she didn’t provide her daughters with adequate food and that she assaulted them over a prolonged period of time.

Court has heard that paramedics were called to the family’s home in 2012 and found the girls — no bigger than six-month-old babies — in infant car seats.

The twins’ father was sentenced last year to 15 years on the same charges.