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An Indian-origin woman, found guilty of brutally abusing and starving her 12-year-old step-daughter for more than a year and half, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the US.Sheetal Ranot, 35, of Queens, was convicted of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child by a jury in July this year.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter on Friday sentenced Ranot to 15 years in prison.
Ranot's stepdaughter Maya was repeatedly denied food and so severely battered on one occasion with a broken metal broom handle that her wrist was sliced to the bone and required lengthy hospitalization and surgery.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Ranot was the "epitome of an evil step-mother". She refuse to provide basic nourishment for the child. The youngster, at 12, weighed just 58 pounds. No child deserves to be treated in this manner.
Maya's biological father Rajesh Ranot is also charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child and will be tried at a later date. Ranot repeatedly hit her stepdaughter on her body and face, causing bruising and severe pain.Between December 2012 and May 2014, she even locked the youngster inside her bedroom and for extended periods of time refused to feed her.
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