Foster Mom Sentenced to 54-Years to Life for Son's Death


BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - A judge sentenced a woman Thursday to 54 years to life in prison for causing the death of her 3-year-old developmentally disabled foster son by leaving him bound cocoon-like in a closet.

A day earlier jurors convicted Liz Carroll, 30, of murder, involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and three counts of child endangerment

Under the life sentence for murder, she has no possibility for parole for 15 years. The sentences on all charges, including 10 years for kidnapping, totaled 54 years to run consecutively. Clermont County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ringland said an additional 10-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter would merge with the murder sentence.

Jurors who deliberated about five hours decided she caused foster son Marcus Fiesel's death, though unintentionally, by leaving him alone, bound in a blanket and packing tape, while she went to a family reunion in Kentucky. The case triggered pushes for changes in Ohio's foster care system.