New Mexico mom gets 25 years for starving daughter

June 3, 2011 - 9:59 AM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman will serve 25 years in prison for the death of her daughter, who withered away from malnutrition and dehydration while the mother chatted and played World of Warcraft online.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 28-year-old Rebecca Colleen Christie was sentenced in federal court for her November 2009 conviction on second-degree murder and child abandonment charges.

Prosecutors say 3½-year-old Brandi Wulf had gained just a pound and a half in the last year of her life and weighed 23 pounds when Christie called 911 on Jan. 26, 2006, to report her daughter was limp and unconscious.

Christie's ex-husband, U.S. Air Force Sgt. Derek Wulf, pleaded guilty to child neglect and will be sentenced June 15. He was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base at the time.