A Mon Valley woman was found guilty Monday night of abusing and neglecting her 6-year-old twins in Washington County Court.
Roxanne Taylor, 26, of New Eagle, was found guilty of all of the charges against her, which included four counts of child endangerment, and one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.
The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for several hours Monday evening before declaring their verdict to Common Pleas Court Judge Katherine Emery shortly after 9 p.m.
Taylor took the stand in her own defense earlier Monday, denying that she abused her twin son and daughter. The trial lasted nearly a week.
Police said the boy was found by a passerby covered in feces and bruises after escaping from his locked bedroom through a window on Feb. 15, 2012. Weighing just 30 pounds, the boy and his sister still wore diapers, police said.
Police said when they returned the child home, they found insects and feces throughout the home and locks on the children's bedroom door, the refrigerator and a toy chest.
Taylor told police she kept the bedroom door locked because she was a heavy sleeper and didn't want the children wandering through the house at night.
The children's father, Edward J. Buckholz, 34, pleaded guilty in the case last month and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Emery in September.
Taylor, who has been lodged in the county jail under a $100,000 bond since April of last year, will be sentenced by Judge Emery on Sept. 13.
Janice Crompton: email@example.com or 412-851-1867.