Woman accused of starving Titusville child found guilty
By Kayla O'Brien, Web Producer -
VIERA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Brevard County woman has been found guilty of child abuse and child neglect in a the case of a Titusville boy who was locked up and starved.
Investigators say a 12-year-old boy was locked in a bathroom and starved by his father, Michael Marshall. Sharon Glass, Marshall's live-in girlfriend who was charged along with Marshall, was convicted by a jury early Friday evening.
Glass, 49, took the stand on Friday afternoon, telling the jury that she didn't see any abuse during the 3-and-a-half years she lived in the home.
"I never went to that end of the house very often, and I never used that bathroom," Glass told the jury.
Prosecutors were able to cast some doubt on her testimony with a recording made by a Titusville police detective prior to her arrest. In it, she says she was frustrated with the boy, because he stole food and he needed to be "put up" when his father wasn't around.
Prosecutors also showed pictures of the bathroom where they said the 12-year-old victim was held without food. The pictures revealed that the doorknob was keyed, a chained lock was installed on the outside and the window was boarded up.
Glass claimed she was also the victim of Marshall.
"I was so scared. Michael threatened to kill me multiple times, and I was afraid if I went right away, we'd all be homeless," Glass said.
Investigators say when they found the boy in March 2012, he weighed a mere 40 pounds, and stood 4 feet, 4 inches tall.
Glass was convicted on all eight felony counts of child abuse and child neglect, and she faces a maximum of 140 years in prison.