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Jail Time Only For Woman Who Locked Up Daughter

A San Jose woman who regularly locked her mentally disabled daughter in a small shed for up to 12 hours a day has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Maria Isabel Eugenio was sentenced yesterday. She may have avoided prison by convincing the judge she didn´t act maliciously in locking 42-year-old Socorro in the shed with a bucket for a toilet.

Her case is now being used by local health officials to demonstrate how far people who care for dependent adults are willing to go without asking for help.

Eugenio told authorities she locked Socorro in the shed up to six days a week so she could travel to Mountain View to wash cars.