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Man who starved kids faces up to 16 years

Wife in Scottsdale case got 30-year term

SCOTTSDALE – A Scottsdale man who starved his three young children to the point where they were severely malnourished could face up to 16 years in prison.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Thursday found Blair Parker, 38, guilty of two felony counts of negligent child abuse and one felony count of reckless child abuse.

The verdict comes nearly a year after Parker’s 38-year-old wife, Kimu, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for intentionally and knowingly underfeeding the children – two girls ages 3 and 11 and a 9-year-old boy.

Blair Parker’s sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

He and his wife maintained they were keeping the children on a strict vegan diet avoiding meat, poultry, dairy and fish.

However, authorities said in 2005 that the children were underfed and mistreated and deprived of meals as punishment.

All three children were taken out of the home by Child Protective Services and placed in foster homes.

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