Woman admits to child neglect
COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case pleaded guilty this week in Whitley County Circuit Court.Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, was to stand trial next week, but pleaded guilty to child neglect by abandonment, a Class C felony.Hughes will be sentenced Feb. 3. Her attorney is Brad Baber.According to a representative from the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, Hughes agreed to a plea arrangement which gives her a fixed period of incarceration of five years.At sentencing, Judge James Heuer will decide if Hughes serves that time at the Whitley County Jail or is sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction.To read the rest of this story, see the Jan. 9 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.