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.
Nolan Ferguson, the sufferer’s brother, testified “if I can’t have my brother again” his mom “shouldn’t have her freedom again.”
Vander Ark, sporting orange jail togs, declined to talk when given the prospect and as a substitute shook her head to point “no.”
Vander Ark’s lawyer, Fred Johnson, stated his consumer introduced Timothy into her residence whereas working as a single mom who was placing herself by means of college and the difficulties that got here with it.
“It is a survivor. An individual who pulled herself up by her bootstraps,” Johnson stated. “We’re not taking a look at evil, we’re taking a look at sick.”
Paul Ferguson, one other brother of the sufferer, was additionally charged with first-degree youngster abuse within the case. He pleaded responsible in December 2023 and is predicted to be sentenced in late February.