Aunt of malnourished Anderson teen sentenced to 12 years in severe neglect case

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Crystal Sells

MADISON COUNTY – The aunt of a malnourished Anderson teen received a 12-year sentence on Monday for her involvement in the severe neglect case.

Crystal Sells was found guilty of three counts neglect of a dependent and three counts neglect of dependent resulting in serious bodily injury by a jury on March 3.

Sells was arrested in January 2015 in a case in involving a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl who weighed less than 50 pounds when police found her. The girl was essentially locked away from the world, according to investigators. The room she was forced to live in was covered with feces, urine, blood, and hair.

The teen was diagnosed with sepsis when she was found and considered clinically dead. One doctor noted the teen looked like something “out of the holocaust.”

Steve Sells and his wife Joetta Sells–the victim’s grandfather and grandmother—were the first two charged in the case. Crystal is Steve’s daughter.

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