Bellevue couple receive suspended sentence for starving baby

SEATTLE – A Bellevue mother and father who pleaded guilty to starving their baby daughter have received a suspended sentence that will allow them to avoid jail time if they meet certain conditions.

King County Superior Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell on Friday sentenced 25-year-old Samuel Labberton and 21-year-old Brittainy Labberton to one year in jail. But the judge suspended the sentence provided they get mental-health treatment and not try to contact their two children in foster care without court approval.

The parents pleaded guilty June 30 to third-degree criminal mistreatment.

Court documents say their 2-month-old daughter was hospitalized in 2008 for failing to gain enough weight. She gained weight in the hospital and in a foster home. The mother told investigators she didn't want her daughter to be fat.