DOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman who was convicted of assault for starving a child in her care has been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.

34-year-old Christina Thomas of New Durham was sentenced in Strafford County Superior Court on Monday.

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The boy was the son of Thomas’ former friend, who lived at Thomas’ home from 2006 to 2010 with the child. Witnesses testified Thomas appeared to be a primary caretaker for the boy, who was abused and deprived of food, even as he cried of hunger.

The 6-year-old boy at one point weighed just 23 pounds.

The boy is now living with adoptive parents.

Thomas’ attorney had asked the judge to consider a shorter sentence of up to 10 years because of a diagnosed personality disorder.