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Vt. woman sentenced for abusing children, vulnerable adults

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Prosecutors say Krista Hudson abused society's most vulnerable, both young children and adults with diminished capacity caring for themselves, who authorities say she lured from out-of-state to live in her Ludlow home.

"We can hypothesize that she was trying to appropriate their public-- that she wanted their food stamps, that she wanted their Social Security checks. But ultimately, all we do know is that Ms. Hudson is a very angry person and she took it out on the kids and on the adults," Windsor County Prosecutor David Cahill said.

Last year, Hudson faced dozens of counts and was defiant about the charges against her. Asked why she wanted these vulnerable adults to live with her, Hudson answered, "I have a really big heart and I don't like to see someone homeless."

But in Court Wednesday it was a different story-- a tearful apology after pleading guilty to seven charges, which included aggravated domestic assault. According to prosecutors, Hudson choked one of the adult tenants with both hands.

What happened to the kids living in the home is equally disturbing. Wednesday's plea deal only included four counts of domestic assault against the kids for slapping them repeatedly. But prosecutors say the abuse happened every day.

"They didn't get outdoor recreation. They only got to come out for dinner and to do their homework. Ultimately it would be a judgment call for a jury as to whether Ms. Hudson was being a very strict step-parent versus acting with malice. We chose to proceed with the stronger case," Cahill said.

Hudson will now spend the next three to eight years in jail; a woman who prosecutors say deserves to be behind bars.

"Often times we see defendants who might offend against one group or might offend against the other group, but really the common tie here is that Ms. Hudson just looked for people who couldn't speak up for themselves and she abused them because she believed that it wouldn't come to light," Cahill said.

Under the deal with prosecutors, Krista Hudson's husband, Richard, is serving two years in jail. He would have been forced to testify against his wife had Wednesday's case gone to trial.

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