Steven Joseph Holland, 52, was arrested Oct. 11, 2012 at his Phoenix home near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue, culminating a 13-month investigation by Phoenix police. (Source: MCSO)
Alma Holland has been sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
A Phoenix woman accused in the abuse of foster children has been sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.
Alma Holland, 56, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of child abuse, Maricopa County prosecutors said.
Holland and her 53-year-old husband were arrested in October 2012.
Her husband, a former foster parent, was jailed last fall on suspicion of numerous crimes against seven children under his care from 2005 to 2011.
Steven Joseph Holland, 52, was arrested Oct. 11, 2012 at his Phoenix home near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue, culminating a 13-month investigation by Phoenix police that began when a 4-year-old boy told a daycare worker he had been abused by his foster parent, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department.
"It just shatters the trust you have in fellow humans that they would do something like this to a little child," said one neighbor.
Child Protective Services was notified and Phoenix detectives began an investigation, though not enough evidence was found to warrant an arrest, Martos said.
Meanwhile, CPS revoked the foster license of Holland and his wife. No children were under their care after the revocation, Martos said.
Police eventually identified seven victims formerly under Holland's care, some of them special needs children.
The victims included five girls and two boys ranging from 4 to 17 years old.
Holland was charged with child abuse for failing to notify police of the crimes. Court documents showed that Alma Holland was told by one of the victims of the abuse and witnessed the abuse on at least one occasion.
A 95-year-old woman was found to be in the care of the Hollands when officers served a search warrant.
Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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