CURRY COUNTY, N.M. (TCD) -- A 30-year-old woman was sentenced to six years in prison after she entered a plea on charges related to the starvation and abuse of several children in her care.
Court records show Jaime Sena pleaded no contest to four counts of child abuse on July 7, exactly one year after several of the abuse allegations occurred. She was originally charged with 14 counts of child abuse, one count of conspiracy to commit child abuse, and obstructing an investigation of child abuse or neglect. Sena's girlfriend, Jayme Kushman, is charged with 16 counts of child abuse, one count of conspiracy to commit child abuse, and one count of obstructing an investigation of child abuse or neglect.
Records indicate Kushman intends to plead guilty to some of the charges.
Some of the children told CYFD officials they suffered "abuse at the hands of both women, including being starved, beaten, and chained up for long periods of time."
Court documents cited by KOB-TV say the women reportedly beat the children with a paddle, starved them, and kept some of the victims in dog cages. A video taken from the home reportedly showed one boy "being smothered in his own vomit."
One photo reportedly depicted two kids "eating spaghetti from inside a filthy bathtub with their bare hands and naked."
The abuse reportedly occurred over nearly a decade.