CATEGORY: Courts

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Alcorn County teen-ager receives prison sentence for leaving children

CORINTH -A young Alcorn County woman was sentenced to prison Monday after she pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child abandonment and aggravated assault.

Angela Lynn Hastings, 19, Route 7, Corinth, was sentenced to 20 years, with 13 years suspended, on the aggravated assault and seven years on each of the abandonment charges. The terms will run concurrently.

Hastings will have to serve five years of supervised probation after she completes her prison term, assistant district attorney Arch Bullard said.

At about 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 1997, Hastings reported that her boyfriend's 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son had disappeared from their Savannah, Tenn., home where she had been staying. She said she had discovered them missing at about 8 a.m. that morning.

After extensive questioning by Hardin County, Tenn., law enforcement officers, she admitted that she took the children across the state line to a rural site in the Farmington community. She admitted inflicting injuries on the girl before abandoning them.

At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 31, Alcorn County authorities located the children, who were cold, wet, hungry and scared, in an abandoned, dilapidated house that had no windows.

- Jane Clark Summers

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