Court heard the twins’ four-year-old brother was healthy and the home was well stocked with food.

EDMONTON — A judge has sentenced a mother to 15 years for beating, neglecting and starving her two-year-old twin girls before one of them died in hospital.

Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Eric Macklin is giving the 37-year-old woman a little over four years of credit for time she has already spent in custody.

Macklin said he could not conclude that she was depressed or mentally ill. But he added that she was “likely a mother who was completely overwhelmed by her circumstances and unable to cope” after the family moved to Canada from Algeria.

“It is difficult to conceptualize and verbalize the horrific acts to which these innocent children were subjected,” Macklin said in his decision Friday. “It is also difficult to conceive of a more egregious breach of trust between a parent and a child.”

The girls weighed 13 and 16 pounds and were the size of six-month-old babies when paramedics were called to the family’s home in 2012.

Court heard the twins’ four-year-old brother was healthy and the home was well stocked with food.

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