February 28, 2024

MUSKEGON, Mich. — A western Michigan girl convicted of homicide and youngster abuse within the hunger demise of a disabled 15-year-old son who weighed simply 69 kilos was sentenced to life in jail with out a likelihood of parole Tuesday.

Shanda Vander Ark, 44, of Norton Shores, discovered responsible within the July 6, 2022, demise of Timothy Ferguson, was sentenced to an extra 50 to 100 years in jail for first-degree youngster abuse.

“I’ve been attempting now for this whole case to wrap my thoughts round how anyone might do one thing so horrific, not solely to a different human being however to their very own youngster,” Decide Matthew Kacel stated. “… You deliberately and systematically tortured this youngster. Let’s name it what it’s: It’s torture. You tortured this youngster.”

Timothy Ferguson had some psychological disabilities, prosecutors have stated.