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Man Gets Jail Time for Failing to Prevent Child Abuse

Man Gets Jail Time for Failing to Prevent Child Abuse

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Fort Duchesne man is going to prison for something he didn't do -- stop his live-in girlfriend from abusing her young grandchildren.

48-year-old Michael Deherrera was sentenced yesterday for looking the other way while Charlissa Sireech allegedly beat her two grandsons. The abuse trial against the 45-year-old woman is still pending.

One child was severely injured, and the other was put into a coma.

The children weren't living with their parents because they had a dispute under court review.

A California court in August turned the children over to the Ute Tribe. Tribal officials placed them with Sireech, even though she had previous convictions for child endangerment.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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