Caldwell woman sentenced in 'horrific' child abuse case

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM

CALDWELL, Idaho -- A Caldwell woman convicted of felony injury to a child for helping her husband torment their three children has been ordered to serve at least three years in prison.

Kaylynn Gaunavinaka, 35, will spend six months in prison, after which she could be released on probation.

Gaunavinaka was accused of helping her then-husband, Kekoa Glenn Gaunavinaka, abuse their three adopted children for seven years.

"These children suffered horrific almost unspeakable abuse at the hands of Mr. Gaunavinaka and yourself... you stood by while these children were battered," stated Judge Bradly Ford.  "The reality is that you were a full participant in the abuse."

He was convicted of molesting a young girl in November and pleaded guilty in a separate case to injuring his two sons.

He is to be sentenced on all three charges next month.

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