Mother of Tortured Toddler Sentenced to 42 Years Behind Bars

LaPorte, Indiana – The mother of 4-year-old Judah Morgan, whose body was found dead in October 2021, has been sentenced to 42 years behind bars in the boy’s death, according to LaPorte County Prosecutor Sean Fagan. The sentencing, held on Friday, was described by Fagan as bringing closure to the tragic case.

Mary Yoder, the mother, was sentenced by LaPorte County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos after pleading guilty in August to felony counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in Judah’s death and domestic battery applying to another child in the home, who was described as being just under 2 years of age at the time.

During the sentencing, witnesses described the deplorable conditions within the home where Judah died, and evidence was presented of video footage displaying the family’s mistreatment of both Judah and the other child in the home, Fagan said.

Yoder acknowledged her awareness of the abuse and neglect, indicating that