A Rochester mother who admitted to abandoning her children was sentenced on Wednesday.
Sharisa Vazquez, 22, will spend two to six years in prison.
Her three-year-old daughter was found wandering her apartment’s common area last winter. According to police, the child was dehydrated, malnourished, and covered in feces.
Officers also discovered Vazquez’s one-year-old daughter inside the apartment on Ridgeway Avenue apartment where garbage, human feces, dirty diapers and open food containers were scattered.
Vazquez pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in July. As part of the plea deal, she was ordered to stay away from her children for up to 10 years.
During sentencing, Judge Ciaccio cited several mental health issues Vazquez faced since 13-years-old, but in the end said it was no excuse.
“She suffers from mental illness. I think that’s the underlying issue here. You can see the remorse in her. She loves her children and I think this is a hard thing for everyone,” said Vazquez’s attorney, Michael Pattison.
“It’s really hard to be satisfied on a case like this,” said Sara Vanstrydonck, prosecutor. “I think the most satisfying element here is that the children are doing very well.”
The two children have since been placed in care of relatives.