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Wayne Sperling Pleads Guilty In "Horrific" Denver Child Abuse Case

By Jordan Steffan | The Denver Post

A Denver father on Thursday pleaded guilty to child abuse in a case that left his four young sons in squalor, unable to speak in more than grunts.

Wayne Sperling accepted a plea agreement in Denver District Court and pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse naming all four boys. The original six charges were dropped. 

As part of the agreement, prosecutors agreed not to ask for a sentence of more than seven years in prison, but the judge still has discretion to sentence him to more time. The 67-year-old may also be sentenced to probation. 

Sperling, who remains free on bond, faces sentencing on Dec. 30.

The boys' mother, Lorinda Bailey,  previously pleaded guilty to child abuse and was sentenced last week to 90 days in the Denver jail and five years of probation.

Bailey and Sperling were arrested in October 2013 after police removed the four malnourished boys from the squalid apartment. The boys — ages 2, 4, 5 and 6 at the time — were not potty-trained, according to an arrest affidavit.

District Court Judge Eric Elliff described the conditions in which the boys were raised as "horrific."

The boys are together and improving, prosecutors said.

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