LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 43-year-old Las Vegas mother tearfully apologized in court for the death of her 4-year-old disabled son, who was found dead after 17 hours in a hot vehicle.

Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon was unmoved and sentenced her to five to 20 years in prison.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the judge told Colleen Rimer at sentencing Thursday that she failed as a mother, and that Jason Rimer died in June 2008 because no one in the family cared to go find him.

Colleen Rimer and her husband, Stanley Rimer, were convicted March 1 of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.

Jurors were told the parents physically abused five of their eight children and lived in squalor.

Stanley Rimer was sentenced previously to eight to 30 years in prison.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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