Grandfather pleads guilty in Anderson malnourished teen case

Steve Sells (Provided Photo/Madison County Jail)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — An Anderson grandfather has again pleaded guilty in a case where he was accused of locking his disabled granddaughter in a room for more than a year.

Steve Sells had pleaded guilty in the case in September, then rescinded his plea at a sentencing hearing in October.

Charges against Sells include neglect of a dependent, battery, criminal confinement, theft, perjury and welfare fraud.

Sells, along with his wife Joetta and their daughter Crystal were charged in the case. Joetta received a 24 year sentence on Oct. 12.

Investigators said the young girl was locked in a room, forced to urinate in a bucket and defecate on herself while they Steve and Joetta collected government assistance checks meant for her care.

Police found the malnourished teen last December. They said she weighed less than 40 pounds.

On Tuesday, Sells agreed to plead guilty to all charges against him. He will be sentenced for the 17 felony charges on Nov. 20.

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