Mother sentenced to life in prison for the starvation death of her disabled son

NORTON SHORES, Michigan – Shanda Vander Ark, a 44-year-old woman from Norton Shores, was handed a life sentence without the possibility of parole on Tuesday for the murder and child abuse of her 15-year-old disabled son, Timothy Ferguson. Vander Ark was found guilty in the July 6, 2022, death of Ferguson, who weighed only 69 pounds at the time of his death. In addition to the life sentence, she was also sentenced to an extra …

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