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Ohio woman convicted of strangling teen (Muskingum official)

A 52-year-old woman was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, Ohio officials said.

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An Ohio woman was convicted of strangling a then-14-year-old girl after initially trying to give up custody of her, officials said.

The 52-year-old Zanesville woman was sentenced June 17 to two and a half years in prison for felony strangulation, according to a June 20 news release from the Muskingum County Prosecutor's Office.

McClatchy News is not naming the woman to protect the identities of the children involved.

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Nicholas Fagnano, the woman's attorney, told McClatchy News on June 20 that his client “maintains his innocence and intends to appeal the conviction on a number of grounds.”

The woman and her husband, who was the biological grandfather of the minors involved, had legal custody of the children, authorities said.

Their father also lived in the home but did not have custody because of his drug use, authorities said.

On Dec. 27, the woman went to Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services to relinquish custody of one of the minors, the girl now 15, according to the prosecutor's office and court records.

When social workers went to the woman's home the next day, she told them she had beaten one of the children the night before, authorities said.

“Are you going to take him with you now?” the woman asked the social worker, the prosecution said.

The girl told authorities that the woman “grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against the wall and she felt like she was going to pass out,” officials said.

The woman was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of felonious assault, two counts of child endangerment and strangulation, according to court records.

The children's father, a co-defendant in the case, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for child endangerment, according to authorities.

Zanesville is about 55 miles east of Columbus.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need to talk to someone, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help at 1-800-799-7233 or text “START” to 88788.

Lauren Liebhaber is a national real-time reporter for McClatchy.

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