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Couple to serve 20 years for child abuse case described as 'horrific' by sheriff

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A Kershaw County couple will serve 20 years in prison after entering pleas in a child abuse case that was described as "horrific" by Sheriff James Matthews.

Catharine Ammons and James Watson entered Alford pleas for abuse charges involving Ammons' 4-year-old daughter, Lizzy.  An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but rather Ammons and Watson acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict them.

As part of the plea arrangement, Ammons and Watson will serve 20 years in prison.

Both were arrested in April of 2012 after hospital officials determined the child's injuries were the result of abuse throughout several months. Lizzy spent several weeks in intensive care because of the injuries.

Lizzy has been adopted by a family and no longer lives in South Carolina.

Watson and Ammons were scheduled to go to trial October 28th and a jury had been selected.

"This tragic crime captured the hearts of many Kershaw County citizens who held fundraisers and brought toys to Lizzy while she was in the hospital," said Matthews. "Many people wanted to help out in some way and the community came out in support of this little girl."

"Hopefully Lizzy can heal both physically and emotionally from this horror," he said. "She is now with a loving family and from all accounts is doing well. Ammons and Watson can never really pay for what they did to that little girl. I am relieved that they are going to serve long prison sentences."

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