Summerdale couple sentenced for torturing, abusing children

Northwest Florida

Summerdale, Ala —- A Baldwin County judge has sentenced a Summerdale couple to decades behind bars for the torture and abuse of three children.

In September of 2016, a 15-year-old boy weighing just 75 pounds, was found beaten, starved and kept in a closet.

Tuesday a Baldwin County Judge sentenced the boys’ stepfather 42-year-old Kenneth Williams to 60 years in prison and the teenager’s mother, 39-year-old Franchesca Canty to 45 years in prison.

The teenager, who is now 18 and his two sisters testified during a trial last month they were beaten with bats, wires and electrical cords. Kept in a closet when they tried to steal food.  The siblings said most of the abuse came from their step-father Williams but their mother was also physically abusive.

Assistant District Attorney Shelly Corley says all of the kids are living out of state and while physically they have recovered the emotional scars will take much longer to heal.

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