Woman Sentenced For Caging Stepson

Severe neglect led to 13-year-old boy's death

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    Kubina received the maximum sentence agreed to her in her plea deal.

    A Gary woman was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday for neglect of a dependent.

    Kimberly Leona Kubina, 47, kept her stepson, 13-year-old Christian Choate, in a dog cage for the last year of his life.

    Boy Was Beaten Before Dying, Stepsister Was Told

    [CHI] Boy Was Beaten Before Dying, Stepsister Was Told
    After two years of silence, a scared Christina Choate called her stepsister to tell of how her brother died. Her stepsister, Alyssa Nieto, notified other adults. (Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011)

    The boy's body was found in a shallow grave in 2011, two years after he went missing.

    His father, Riley Choate, was sentenced to 80 years in prison last month to felony charges of neglect of a dependant causing death.

    Body of Boy Missing 2 Years Discovered in Shallow Grave

    [CHI] Body of Boy Missing 2 Years Discovered in Shallow Grave
    Christian Choate's body found in cement grave after going missing in 2009. (Published Thursday, May 5, 2011)

    Kubina pleaded guilty in May and had agreed to testify against her former husband in exchange for serving 25 to 35 years in prison.