A homeless Philadelphia mother of six was sentenced Friday to nine to 18 years in prison in the starvation death of one of her 2-month-old twin boys in a city-run homeless shelter.
Tanya Williams, 34, wiped her eyes with a tissue moments before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina pronounced the sentence.
Moments earlier, Williams told the judge she loved her children and asked for leniency.
"I am sorry for what I have done. . . . Just give me a second chance to be with my children," she said.
Williams was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in May in the death of Quasir Alexander at a homeless shelter in West Philadelphia two days before Christmas 2010. The boy's twin, Quamir, nearly died of starvation as well, prosecutors said.